The Mafia in Education System

Do you know why I really want to study abroad? One of the major reason is, the education system here, and how the mafia run them. I’m not saying that I don’t love my country. I love my country, believe me I do. And no, don’t imagine a gangster killing people when I said mafia. What I mean is collusion and nepotism, and maybe corruption. Something happened recently in one of the big university in the town next to mine. What I read in the media is: a brave and simple protest action from five lecturers during an intern election. But what’s actually happening is…something more.
Generally speaking, in my opinion, in Indonesia every governmental institution is run by a mafia system, and that includes the education system. Perhaps even some non-government system is the same. In this state university I mentioned before, seems like rules are made as a tool for the superior. If it’s against your will, simply break it. And that just happened.
Mr. A is the clean man who had a great contribution toward one of the major doctorate program in the university. He is currently holding one of the essential leads in one of the faculty. Normally, one would hold this position in extend for 2-4 years. But since Mr. A is not one of the superior leagues, they only extend his position for a year and not re-extending it further. As usual, mafia members come first. Second, the university was having an election. This moment was held to vote for the vice deans position. Some members, including some seniors overview the candidates and found out that some are not eligible. But the leader insisted that they are, as some of them are his ally. This is how the mafia system works, from top to root, put your man in a crucial position. And third, these persons could make it to the position of vice dean candidates, because they were approved by the senate members. You know what I mean. Finally, five members of the senate walked out of the room during the election. Way to go. We need more of these kind of people.
This country is so proud for almost 66 years sovereignity, but the mindset of the people is still colonial. We are trapped in our very own mindset while thinking that we are actually freed. No, we’re not!! Education is one of the crucial root for a country, to improve the talents of human resources and develop the nation. That, includes the mindset of the people. Just simply imagine if even in such campus they were busy fighting for crumbs of power, how will they educate the youth? How, with such crumbled mindset, would they inspire their pupils? Those kind of people would normally be an authoritarian in their class, turning off the passion of the students. And I was almost, one of those students. I just didn’t lost my passion yet.
By the way, you can read the news HERE and HERE. The newspaper, despite of being wrote under the politics of whatsoever, uploaded the story. I’m just serving you the missing parts.