Gojek and Educational Inspiration
DEAR Mr. Minister of Education, I salute your statement expressing the intention to use students’ point of view for the development of education.
While you start from the perspective of students, I will chart it from the viewpoint of the Gojek ride-hailing application in the way netizens voice their opinion.
The emergence of Gojek in Indonesia was marked by a demonstration of conventional ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers on roadsides. It is our educational world, Pak. The product of our conventional learning style is staging a demo in the presence of the 2013 curriculum. Teachers are not taking to the streets, in fact. But if teachers fail to grasp and get stagnant in learning innovations, let us be sensitive and aware that it means a large-scale demo. Teachers constitute the most effective weapon of an educational system. Money or robots or websites or artificial intelligence are impossible to beat the wisdom of teachers who work with sincerity and full dedication.
The low cost and passenger transportation are Gojek’s luring facilities. In education, such low cost and transport service mean evenly spread education down to the remotest areas of the country. The Indonesian government always undertakes this effort year after year. The government’s sincere determination should be balanced with the analogy of ‘somebody going by Gojek or ordering via GoFood, certainly with the aim and choice of food that is specific, distinctive and suits a particular need’.
Education should be provided because it is needed and in response to relevant demand. The people of Kalimantan needs education based on their local wisdom, so do the communities of Papua, Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Bali, Maluku, Java and Sumatra. The same is true for the GoFood app, which I will not open if the food I like at the moment is not available.
The choice of Gojek menus or features is very easy. With a touch, people are generously offered various services that make them happy. There are GoRide, GoCar, GoFood, GoClean, GoSend and others. Can our education also enjoy such diverse and pleasing service, Pak? Can Indonesian students choose in the way they ‘click’ the menus made ready in the Gojek app? They have the right to become what they wish to be.
The sophisticated Gojek app is not fully accepted by everybody. Each region has its own way of viewing the system. In the place where I live now, Gojek drivers even dare not wear their green jackets. Some other areas may also have specific problems. This is the same as education, which faces specific issues in relevant regions. Please avoid equating education in regions with that in Jakarta or other major cities.
Applications are just a supporting instrument because human resources, local wisdom and public understanding constitute the primary significance of education. The business system is built on the basis on consumer demand, right? In the future, not all students after their college graduation will work in Jakarta. Likewise, Gojek does not only serve citizens of Jakarta.
Gamaliel Septian Airlanda
Lecturer of PGSD, Satya Wacana Christian University
The Technology Based Educational Syatem
WE, from the educational technology corporate circles, support the plan of the Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim to apply the technology-based education system. There are several problems to be settled. One of them involves equitable distribution of quality education all over Indonesia.
This is thee time for educational technology companies to come forward and play a role in the resolving the issue. Educational technology or edutech companies should be ready for open evaluation by Pak Nadiem as a technological expert. The media should also take part in monitoring the quality and capacity of technology utilized. This is needed in order to bring competition between edutech companies. Besides, the public will be able to correctly and accurately notice which technology is the most appropriate for students, teachers and schools in Indonesia.