JAKARTA – Indonesia currently has an insufficient number of lecturers who are qualified, according to the Research and Technology and Higher Education Ministry.
“Many of our lecturers only have a bachelor’s degree, and the number of [those with a] doctorates and PhD is still under the minimum amount,” said the ministry’s director general of science and technology and higher education resources, Ali Ghufron Mukhti, at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.
As reported by Antara news agency, Ali said that based on the 2007 Teacher and Lecturer Law, all lecturers should have at minimum a postgraduate degree.
There are 34,393 lecturers with a bachelor’s degree. Meanwhile, there are 25,000 lecturers with a doctorate degree, 5,000 short of the government’s desired amount.
“The number of professors is also very small–only 6,000 people. The ideal number is 22,000,” said Ali.
In an effort to tackle the shortage, the ministry has eased the process of becoming a professor by shortening it to two months from two years previously. It has also launched three scholarship programs for 1,400 prospective lecturers.