Improving teacher quality in vocational education schools in South Sulawesi

Indonesia’s population has reached 270 million people, according to the Population Census by Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS).


This places Indonesia as the fourth most populous country in the world after China, India and the United States of America.

This provides an opportunity and a challenge. Indonesia needs to provide this growing number of people with skills and job options. This would align with its Golden Vision aspiration by 2045, the nation’s centennial by when it aims to have become sovereign, advanced, fair and prosperous.

This report looks specifically at the industries of fishery and seaweed to better understand the role of vocational education in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to take advantage of work opportunities in their immediate communities.


Click here to read the full report, Improving teacher quality in vocational education schools in South Sulawesi


It draws heavily on interviews with teachers and education officials to gain a grass-roots understanding across several areas including funding and professional support, school culture and teacher quality.

A number of recommendations come from our report including:

  • Teachers should be given the responsibility and freedom to make decisions about their own professional development so they can learn in the best interests of themselves and their schools.
  • Provide teachers with the time and autonomy to develop and implement the new Merdeka curriculum in their own context.

Feature image by PAIR.