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National Curriculum vs. International Curriculum: Which is the Right Choice for You?

For those of you who are currently studying or have graduated from an international school in Indonesia, you are likely familiar with the international curriculum that is taught in your school. However, for those of you who attend a national school, there may be many questions about the international curriculum that is implemented by international schools in Indonesia.

In Indonesia, there are several curricula that are used in schools. For national schools, both private and public, the curriculum used in the teaching and learning process is the national curriculum managed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemendikbud Ristek RI). On the other hand, international schools in Indonesia apply several curricula such as Cambridge, IB, or Pearson Edexcel.

National Curriculum

The national curriculum published by Kemendikbud Ristek RI is certainly used and implemented in schools located within Indonesia's territory. Kemendikbud Ristek RI, as an official institution that can organize education, designs the curriculum and syllabus, as well as conducts exams (now known as National Assessment) to improve the quality of education in Indonesia. After passing the exam, national school students will receive a national diploma.

International Curriculum

Meanwhile, several organizations oversee international curricula. These organizations also have functions similar to Kemendikbud Ristek RI, from designing curricula to conducting final exams. However, they are managed by universities or private organizations such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Pearson Edexcel, and the International Baccalaureate.

Which One to Choose?

The decision to choose between the national or international curriculum ultimately depends on each student's individual goals and needs. If you plan to continue your studies abroad or pursue an international career, an international curriculum may be more suitable for you. However, if you plan to continue your education in Indonesia or work in a national field, a national curriculum may be more beneficial for you.

International curricula often prioritize critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills, and encourage students to be more independent and self-directed in their learning. In contrast, national curricula prioritize national values, identity, and culture and provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of the Indonesian context.

When deciding on a curriculum, it's crucial to consider that the quality of education is ultimately determined by the school's commitment to implementing the curriculum and the caliber of its teachers. Therefore, it's important to conduct thorough research and select a school that has a strong reputation and a proven track record of delivering quality education, regardless of whether you choose an international or national curriculum.

While the international curriculum offers numerous benefits, such as its emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and exposure to diverse cultures, the national curriculum also has its advantages. It provides students with a solid foundation in the Indonesian language and culture, which is essential for those who intend to work or study in the country. Moreover, the national curriculum is tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of Indonesian students and is acknowledged by local universities and employers.

At Calculus Education Center, we understand the importance of both national and international curricula and offer education programs for both. Our seasoned tutors are well-versed in each curriculum and can provide tailored support to help students excel academically and attain their objectives, whether they are preparing for national exams or planning to pursue further education overseas.

See our programs:

  1. International Certification (Internationall GCSE and International A Levels)

  2. Intensive Preparation (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT & GMAT)

  3. Regular Tutoring (Cambridge, IB, Pearson Edexcel & National)

  4. High Achievers (Math Olympiad Preparation)

  5. Homeschooling for Primary

  6. GoodGrades Academy (National)


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