Bandung – SEAMEO CECCEP hosted the Inter-Centre Collaboration Meeting (ICCM) which was attended by 7 SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia (SCI) from 25 to 26 July 2021. ICCM is a regular meeting held as a forum for coordination and harmonization of programs and budgets between the 7 SEAMEO Centre in Indonesia. In this meeting, SCI also invited representatives from the Acting Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Prof. Tjitjik Sri Tjahjandarie, Dana Bhaswara (Directorate General of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education), and Prof. Dr. Nunuk Suryani, M.Pd. from the Directorate General of Teacher and Education Personnel.
One among the agenda discussed in the meeting was the synchronization of programs in the Directorate General of Higher Education and the programs at SEAMEO. The forum also discussed SEAMEO centres’ institutional and structural position. The Ministry of Bureaucratic Reforms was developing policy on the position of SEAMEO centres to be carried out ex-officio in the environmental unit of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Research and Technology according to their field of duty.
SEAMEO centres were undergoing transition regarding the present rule and policy. This has an impact on human resource and structural issues among SEAMEO centres as well as impact on the management of SEAMEO centres.
The big policies related to the The Directorate General of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education are Merdeka Belajar, new students admission, school operational fund, and others. Mr Dana elaborated the programs, strategies, and targets of the The Directorate General of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education.
SEAMEO centres should coordinate more with the main units, especially with the Directorate General of Higher Education, Directorate General of Teacher and Education Personnel, and Directorate General of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. SEAMEO centres were also asked to provide more explanations about the program and the scope of each centre.
There was an urgent need for a legal basis that can become the basis for the budget, objectives and functions of the SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia when they are under their respective main units. Therefore, it is necessary to hold further meetings with the main units of each SEAMEO Centres in communicating and coordinating the role of the SEAMEO Centres which has a Southeast Asia Regional scope of work and adjusting the work program with the main units of each centres whose work area is on a national scale.