Wednesday, December 20, 2006

RI sends 50 teachers to Malaysia for Indonesian overseas workers' children, VP says

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla said Indonesia has so far sent 50 teachers to Malaysia to teach children of the Indonesians working in the neighboring country (TKI).

"We have so far sent 50 teachers to Malaysia," he said after a meeting with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datok Nadjib Tun Razak here on Friday.

Previously, during his recent visit to Malaysia, Kalla had signed an agreement with the Malaysian government to send Indonesian teachers to Malaysia to teach children of the Indonesian overseas workers there.

To date, Indonesian children in Malaysia could not enter to local schools as they were not Malaysian citizens, while their parents could not afford sending them to private schools.

Thus, it was agreed that the Indonesian government would send teachers and hire them for the children, and the Malaysian government would prepare the school sites.

"There are now some 20,000 children of the TKI`s families. We have sought to send them to local schools and the request will be considered by the Malaysian authorities," Kalla added.

Datok Nadjib is here for a reciprocal visit and will discuss further the implementation of some agreements having been signed between the two nations. The visit is also aimed at increasing the cooperation in the fields of tourism, culture, economy and education.

The Malaysian deputy premier also led a delegation that would also discuss about the borderlines of the two countries.

During the meeting, Kalla was accompanied by Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono, Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, one of his special staffers Alwi Hamu and his secretary Gembong Priyono. (*)

December 15, 2006



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