Despite the fact that the employment of teachers on temporary contracts is endemic in Indonesia, the government is now planning to step up the policy. A new move is being considered which will mean that all new teachers will be employed on a contract basis. 

A senior adviser to the government told the press: 'Teachers who perform well will get their contracts extended. When they fail to perform, they will be laid off. So there’s an incentive to perform well, like a stick-and-carrot mechanism.' 

Only last January we reported mass protests by contract teachers in Indonesia, some earning as little as $25 a month.

Apparently, the government has decided to concentrate on 'improving the quality of teachers', rather than investing in school infrastructure. This could hardly be a more blatant example of blaming and punishing teachers for the failure of the state to fund public education properly.

Such disdainful and abusive treatment of teachers and by extension children, is exactly that advocated by corporate reformers and is endemic around the world. Nor is it confined to the global South. Only this week, we read of a powerful school inspector in England,  questioning 'Why a bad set of results in 2014 had not led to “retribution” among staff. “You should be coming down hard [sic] no one seems worried that their job is on the line.”'

Rich or poor, governments continue to demonise teachers for the gross inequalities which their policies promote. Indonesia is a particularly egregious example, being a member of the G20 group of rich countries, and yet 60% of low income children in the country do not attend school at all.