Study on Teacher Absenteeism in Indonesia 2014

Publication | December 2014

Indonesia faces a fundamental challenge: getting teachers to be present in school. For quality teaching to exist in the classroom, teachers must first and foremost be present.

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Students will need the skills to enable them to participate productively in the economy, to fill skills gaps in the changing labour market, as well as to develop “smart” citizens with good character to contribute to a socially harmonious nation. As such, the findings of the Teacher Absenteeism Study provide valuable insights on the need to reform teacher performance and student learning.

This study was commissioned by the Education Sector Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP), and builds on earlier work on teacher absence in Indonesia conducted in 2003 and 2008. The study also cites previous analysis of change over time in the absence rate and the impact of selected policies and programs.

About ACDP

The Government of Indonesia (represented by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of National Development Planning/ BAPPENAS), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the European Union (EU) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have established ACDP as a facility to promote policy dialogue and institutional and organizational reform of the education sector to underpin policy implementation and help reduce disparities in provincial and district education performance.


  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Design and Methodology
  • Chapter 3: Rates of Teacher Absence from School
  • Chapter 4: Influence of Contextual and Teacher Factors
  • Chapter 5: Influence of the School Working Environment
  • Chapter 6: Influence of System-Level Policies and Practices
  • Chapter 7: Teacher Absence from Class
  • Chapter 8: Effects of Teacher Absence
  • Chapter 9: Towards an Understanding of Teacher Absence
  • Chapter 10: Policy Implications
  • Bibiliography
  • Photo Credit

Additional Details

  • Education
  • Education sector development
  • Indonesia

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