10/21/2022, 16.55
Send to a friend

Vice principal stops non-Muslim student from running in a student council election

by Mathias Hariyadi

The incident, which occurred at the SMAN 52 Senior High School in North Jakarta, saw the teacher, Edi Sarwono, prevent a student, PI, from running for the student body. As a result, he lost his position as vice principal but he kept his job. This follows a string of similar acts of intolerance in the country’s schools.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Another episode of religious intolerance was reported recently involving a teacher in an Indonesian school.

Edi Sarwono, who teaches at the SMAN 52 Senior High School in North Jakarta, prevented a non-Muslim student from running for the student council in September.

Before the vote, a panel of teachers interviewed five candidates, one of whom, known as PI, was not Muslim. Because of this, the teacher had the student excluded from the race.

Footage from the interview shows Edi Sarwono, who was also the school’s vice president, objecting to PI's nomination on religious grounds.

When the story became public, lawmakers from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)[*] called for a investigation.

One consequence was that the North Jakarta Regional Education Subdepartment dismissed the teacher from his position as vice principal, but allowed him to keep his job.

Meanwhile, a probe began, including the other teachers, who could be prosecuted for failing to defend the principles of plurality in schools and equal opportunities for all students.

This case is but the latest in a long series involving Indonesian schools. In August, the PDIP expressed concerns about at least 10 incidents in state schools in the capital, that involved forcing girls, including non-Muslim girls, to wear the hijab, or keeping non-Muslims out of school councils.

[*] Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan.

Send to a friend
Printable version
See also
Church leads the way in helping Vietnam cope with its educational emergency
11/03/2016 17:00
Catholic music to promote dialogue in Ambon, the city of sectarian violence
17/10/2018 13:29
Tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang rise as Cold War fears cast a shadow over Korea
12/02/2016 15:14
Synod for the Amazon: Card Stella hails the ‘great beauty’ of celibacy in a priest’s life
24/10/2019 17:56
Maoists reactivate underground councils, break with government


Subscribe to Asia News updates or change your preferences

Subscribe now
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”