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Jakarta parents protest age ‘discrimination’ in school enrollment

first_imgAge is more than just a number for aspiring high school students in Jakarta.Last week, the city administration rolled out the zoning system for this year’s public school enrollment (PPDB). Unlike previous years, a potential student’s age is now a main factor in the registration process, sparking protests from parents caught unaware.Before 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, 60-year-old Sugiharto and his wife sat down at their computer to register their youngest daughter at three state senior high schools (SMA) within their designated enrollment zone, based on proximity to their residence in the Kebayoran Lama subdistrict of South Jakarta. At first, the registration appeared to be going smoothly. Their daughter was placed on all three of the schools’ enrollment lists. Two hours later, however, Sugiharto found that his daughter’s name had been removed and replaced by the names of other potential students.Soon it became apparent that their daughter’s age had cost her a spot, even though her average grades were higher than some of the older students who had pushed her off the list.“It’s unfair that age has become a main factor in school enrollment. How do you even explain that? “Why can older kids get into the same schools [at the expense of] younger students?” Sugiharto told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The couple’s daughter is 15 years and three months old. There has been no clear explanation from the provincial government about why the age policy was adopted, Sugiharto said.Some parents have heard arguments that age cannot be manipulated, unlike the distance between home and school. “But just because it can’t be manipulated doesn’t mean it’s the fairest measurement,” Sugiharto said.Now the couple’s only hope is for their daughter to try her luck enrolling through the academic merit system, which fills only 20 percent of school seats and where potential students from throughout the city must compete for spots.The Jakarta administration has allocated 40 percent of the total school seats to be filled by the zoning system, compared to 5 percent for non-academic achievers, 25 percent for poverty preference admissions, 20 percent for Jakarta-based high achievers and another 5 percent for non-Jakarta high achievers. The remaining 5 percent is reserved for the children of state officials.Prior to this year, the proximity of a student’s residence to a school was considered an important criterion for enrollment. Schools used Google Maps to locate and verify a student’s home address to ensure that those living in the vicinity had priority in enrollment.This year, the Jakarta education agency has argued for the use of age in enrollment because of Jakarta’s complex demographic makeup.The head of the agency, Nahdiana, said the distribution of schools was different in each area and schools had varying intake capacities.“Population density is not the same in every community of Jakarta, and then we also have vertical housing,” she said in a recent online briefing.Age was used instead because it was a “neutral variable” that could not be manipulated, she said.In a later response, the agency argued that students from lower income families would lose out on spots through the zoning system because of lower average grades, hence the switch to the age-based policy, Kompas.com reported.Some 31,000 students have been accepted to state junior high schools (SMP) and 12,684 students have enrolled in public senior high schools through the zoning track this year, the city administration reported.About 52 percent of the SMA students who entered through the zoning track were 16 year-olds, followed by 15-year-olds (39.7 percent), 17-year-olds (6 percent) and 18-to-20-year-olds (1.4 percent), according this year’s data.Despite strong protests from parents and education experts, Nahdiana confirmed that the agency would continue to use age in its zoning system and would only evaluate it after this year’s enrollment concluded.“They called it the zoning track and said it would be based on proximity, but now they’re using age to screen students for enrollment?” said Dian Priandini, 35, a parent who lives in Pekayon, East Jakarta.Dian tried to register two of her children at every public high school in her zoning area – to no avail.“I’m so disappointed with this policy. […] I need them to go to a public school. I’m a single parent and can’t afford to send my kids to a private school,” she said.Retno Listyarti, a commissioner with the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), said that her office had received many complaints about the school enrollment policy.She said the commission had met with the Jakarta education agency on Thursday to address the problem and added that the agency would seek to mediate with students who were not accepted because of their age.Satriawan Salim, the deputy secretary general of the Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI), said Jakarta’s zoning system possibly violated Education and Culture Ministerial Decree No. 44/2019 on student enrollment.He said the decree stipulated that age could only be used if the entire quota for seats had been filled and there were students on the waiting list whose homes were located a similar distance from a particular school.“Using age as the main requirement in enrollment could potentially violate the decree,” Satria said in a statement.The zoning system, which aims to end elitism at certain schools favored by well-off families, has remained controversial since its introduction in 2016. In 2018, it was discovered that some parents had falsified their wealth and income information so that their children would be included in the special quota for underprivileged families in certain school districts.Topics :last_img read more

Hamptons style in Brisbane’s north is going under the hammer

first_imgThere is room for lots of outfits in this walk-in dressing room.At the time, the house was a simple post-war three-bedroom home that was perfect for renovation. “My husband did all the design and my job was to make it all look luxurious,” Mrs Summers said.“We had lived in a lot of houses before this so we made this exactly what we wanted.”The home was built up with the underneath of the house becoming an extra storey, and a pool was added in the backyard.The home was modelled to embrace the Hamptons style which is very popular across Brisbane at the moment. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Why limit yourself to just a pool when you can have a sauna as well.“We feel it meshes well with the Queenslander style of home,” she said.A number of the more unique additions to the renovations include an infra-red sauna and a dressing room which Mrs Summers calls her “she shed”.“That was a later addition, it was originally a balcony but we just didn’t use it,” she said.“We wanted everywhere in the house to be a usable space.” REAL ESTATE: 49 Nicholson Street Mitchelton. Picture: realestate.com.auTHERE are a few special rooms inside 49 Nicholson Street that you are unlikely to find in many other Mitchelton homes.The Hamptons style home was a passion project for Kelly Summers and her husband Scott, who purchased the property six years ago. Inside 49 Nicholson Street.As well as a fully-equipped kitchen on the ground floor, there is a second barbecue kitchen in the outdoor dining area, complete with its own fridge and an installed barbecue.“We have had a lot of good barbecues out there,” she said. Outdoor entertaining with a fridge and a bbq.Once the house sells, the couple plan on buying another older Brisbane home and doing another complete renovation.Mrs Summers said the home would be ideal for young families, or older couples that had children or grandchildren that visit. The home is going under auction on Saturday, April 28 at 12.30pm.last_img read more

A father’s pivotal role in parenting

first_imgNZ Herald 17 Oct 2012Fathers play a decisive role in the development of their children. Sons, however, need fathers most of all so they have someone to model themselves on.For a boy a male figure  in their lives is important because almost all children grow up among women, first their own mothers and then from kindergarten through primary school where female teachers are in the majority.This makes a male presence in a child’s life all the more important. A father is equally indispensable to a girl, but for a boy the father is his first male model. This is especially important when a boy enters puberty.It used to be that the dad only became an important figure in a child’s life when he or she was beyond the difficult teenage years. Children typically are closer with their mother in the first phases of life, said Reinhard Winter, director of a social sciences institute in Germany. If fathers withdraw, they can fail to get to know their child and this can have far-reaching effects.In the first years of life children develop what psychologists call attachment, which is defined as a relationship based on intense feelings. If it doesn’t occur, it can’t be made up for later, said psychologist Holger Simonszent.A child can attach to both mother and father provided they are present in that early phase. Fathers, however, typically are away from the home working. In some cases they work even longer hours because the family has an extra mouth to feed and is probably doing without the mother’s pay cheque. Experts say, however, that quality time spent together is more important than the amount of time.Fathers who fail to establish a relationship with their child while it’s an infant still can build a functioning relationship with him later.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10841071last_img read more

Rangers FC players get 10-day break

first_imgRelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption Ahead 2020/21 season: LMC fixes date for Club Licensing application 2020/2021 Season: Rangers set resumption date Rangers International FC have approved a 10-day break for players following the four weeks suspension of all football activities by the nation’s football ruling authority, Nigeria Football Federation. The GM/CEO of the Flying Antelopes, Prince Davidson Owumi, urged the players to be conscious of the health situations around them during the break. The players were also challenged to maintain a high level of fitness during the break by the Technical Adviser of the side, Coach Salisu Yusuf, stressing that they could be called up earlier than expected should the league organisers, League Management Company, cut shot the suspension of the league. Owumi said: “This break is necessitated by the suspension order by the NFF on all football activities in the country and management in its wisdom wants its players to be with their various families in this challenging health period. “It is our belief that the players would maintain a high level of discipline and return after the break stronger to challenge for a top finish in the season.” Yusuf also said: “This is an emergency break but I hope we would be professional enough in our conducts so that we can maintain a high level of fitness when we return.” It can be recalled that the NFF midweek suspended all football activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world.Tags: Davidson OwumiFlying AntelopesLeague Management CompanyRangers FCSalisu Yusuflast_img read more

Derrer uses experience on boys teams as Syracuse freshman defender

first_img Published on October 21, 2014 at 11:54 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus When Dakota Derrer was 2 years old, she already looked like a hockey player.Her brother, Dustin Derrer, who is 3 years older, was pushing her in a cart in the basement of their home in Mancelona, Michigan. She hit her mouth on something, sending her teeth up into her gums.“For a long time until her regular teeth came in she had no two front teeth, so she already looked tough,” Dustin Derrer said.Two years later, she started learning how to play hockey. When she joined a team at age 5 or 6, it was no surprise that she played with the boys. And when Derrer stepped on the ice for Syracuse’s (1-1-4) season opener against Colgate on Oct. 2., it was her first time playing women’s hockey. The toughness and skills she learned from playing with the guys have helped her become a reliable defender playing significant minutes for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just think she’s just a steady, stay-at-home defenseman,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “She’s strong, she ties people up well and she jumps on loose pucks pretty well.” At 12 years old, Derrer was cut from her hockey team because the coach didn’t want a girl on the roster. So she joined the 13- and 14-year-old team, even though she was younger than all the other players.In high school, she played on a co-op team with players from five other nearby high schools. There was only one other girl on the team, but she played goalie, and only one other team Derrer played against had a girl on the team.“There were a few parents that didn’t like it because they didn’t like seeing a girl get more playing time than their sons,” said Doug Derrer, her father.Other teams would sometimes target her because she was a girl, Derrer said, but then she would deliver a big hit and they would stop.“It’s just part of the game,” Derrer said. “I played around it.”It was that mentality and her ability to play physically that earned her the nickname, “Pork chop,” from her brothers Dustin and Dylan Derrer.Flanagan has made his team watch a YouTube video of Derrer laying out an opponent in high school — not so much as a motivational tactic, but for entertainment and boosting Derrer’s pride.In a game during her senior year, Derrer crushed a different opponent as he received a pass over the middle of the ice. Coaches had to come onto the ice to help him up because he had the air knocked out of him and his teammates laughed at him for getting hit by a girl.“It kind of showed that she was a girl, but she can hit and play hockey with the guys,” Dustin Derrer said.Despite her ability, no college women’s teams were recruiting Derrer because no one was looking for a girl playing on a boys’ hockey team.Flanagan heard about her through a friend that had seen her play, so he sent assistant coach Brendon Knight to watch her play. After seeing her toughness, SU made an offer and she jumped on it.Women who have played against men have better awareness defensively and offensively, Flanagan said. Because she played with men, Flanagan said Derrer is psychologically tougher than other players and women’s hockey isn’t physically challenging for her.Derrer fights along the boards better than most, she said, and can absorb contact and stay on her skates. She has a hard, accurate shot, Flanagan said, and she moves the puck quickly.Sometimes, though, she wishes she could still hit people skating blindly across the center of the ice — something Flanagan was worried about. In her first game for SU, she had to stop herself from checking a girl who was skating behind the net with the puck.Said Derrer: “I just have to have better footwork instead of running into guys, but I’m getting used to it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp minors fail in All Ireland glory bid

first_imgThe Premier County failed to get ahead of the Kingdom during this afternoon’s match at Croke Park….the final score was Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 6 pointsDespite a valiant effort, Tipperary couldn’t get ahead of Kerry who took the lead from early on.It’s Kerry’s 2nd minor title in a row…it joins their Munster title that they won after overcoming Tipperary in the decider in Killarney earlier this summer.  Speaking after the final whistle, Tipperary Minor Manager Charlie McGeever said it just didn’t happen for his side this afternoonWhile Kerry manager Jack O’Connor says they were determined not to let Tipperary get the upper hand in the second half…as they did in the Munster final.last_img read more

Five potential breakout World Cup stars

first_img0Shares0000Mexico’s Hirving Lozano has been compared to Uruguay’s Luis Suarez © AFP/File / YURI CORTEZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 14 – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are all aiming to leave an indelible mark on the World Cup but with billions watching, it is the perfect stage for a new generation to showcase their talents.AFP Sport looks at five players who could emerge as breakout stars in Russia. Hirving Lozano (Mexico)Temperamental but extremely gifted, Hirving Lozano followed in the footsteps of a number of Latin American stars by swapping home for an introductory taste of European football in the Netherlands. He hit 17 goals in 29 games in his debut season abroad as PSV Eindhoven won the Dutch title and has drawn comparisons with Luis Suarez — both for his ability and disposition — while placing Europe’s bigger clubs on alert. He has a knack for the spectacular, scoring the winner for Pachuca minutes into his professional debut, while needing just half an hour to find the net for PSV. At 22, the hope is “Chucky” will mature given time, with Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio counting on him to sparkle.Goncalo Guedes (Portugal)Portugal’s Goncalo Guedes in action for Valencia © AFP/File / MIGUEL RIOPAOffloaded to Valencia on loan after finding himself stuck behind a queue of talent at Paris Saint-Germain, Goncalo Guedes played just one minute of Portugal’s qualifying campaign. After a frustrating yet brief spell in France, a brilliant start with his new club in La Liga thrust him back into the national team spotlight. The 21-year-old scored five goals and laid on 11 assists to help Valencia earn a place in the Champions League, and struck twice in his country’s final World Cup warm-up match against Algeria to further advance his case for a starting berth in Russia. Powerful and capable of slashing through defences, whether by dribbling or passing, Guedes could leave PSG with a fight on their hands to keep hold of a talent whose potential is far from fulfilled.Timo Werner (Germany)Germany forward Timo Werner has made an impressive start to his international career © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZRegarded as the heir to Germany’s record goalscorer Miroslav Klose, Timo Werner already boasts vast Bundesliga experience and a tendency to deliver on the big occasions. The 22-year-old was the top scorer at last year’s Confederations Cup, won by Germany, and a return of seven goals in 12 appearances since his international debut in March 2017 suggests he will be a mainstay in the national team for the next decade. Armed with searing pace — he was clocked running 100 metres in 11.1 seconds — the RB Leipzig forward is a constant threat on the counter and thrives by hanging on the shoulder of the last defender. A deep run by Germany in Russia could set Werner up for a shot at the tournament’s golden boot.Sardar Azmoun (Iran)Sardar Azmoun has a long way to go to eclipse compatriot Ali Daei’s world record of 109 international goals © AFP/File / OZAN KOSESardar Azmoun has been piling up the international goals for an Iran squad that has regularly superseded expectations. With 23 international goals in just 32 games, the 23-year-old is already fifth on Iran’s list of all-time leading scorers. Azmoun was a standout volleyball player as a teenager before concentrating solely on football, and uses his athleticism and acceleration to great effect. He was snapped up by Rubin Kazan in 2013 and while Arsenal and Liverpool have reportedly showed interest in the past, he remains in Russia. He will team up with Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who became the first Asian to finish as the Dutch league’s top scorer this season, as Iran try to punch above their weight in a section featuring Portugal and Spain.Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech is greeted by fans in Voronezh, Russia © AFP / FADEL SENNAA Dutch youth international, Hakim Ziyech ultimately elected to represent Morocco rather than the country of his birth in 2015. It was a decision blasted by Netherlands great Marco van Basten but one that helped Morocco end a 20-year World Cup absence. An attacking midfielder with the facility to penetrate the opposition, he is the fulcrum in an underrated Morocco side and has an eye for goal, finding the net eight times in 15 matches. Two prolific seasons at Twente earned him a move to Ajax in 2016 but the 25-year-old is looking for a new challenge after landing the league’s player of the year award and will be desperate to prove his value in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more