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Education in Indonesia

EducationPublic spending on education in Indonesia is 2.8% of GDP which is low by world standards. The literacy rate among adults is at 92.8% (source: CIA World Factbook). The percentage of students attending higher education is low by BRIC standards at around 25%.

The Suharto regime fell in 1998, since when GDP growth has been consistently higher than 5% and the country's economic situation is improving. Since then, there have been numerous attempts to reform the education system in Indonesia. However, much education in primary and secondary school is still based on rote learning. Moreover, teacher salaries are still low, and many teachers and even university lecturers have to moonlight to obtain an adequate income. Corruption is also still rife.



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