FKIP — Student Association of Pancasila and Citizenship Education Study Program (HMP PPKn Demokratia) Teaching and Education Faculty (FKIP) Sebelas Maret University (UNS) Surakarta held a discussion entitled “Civic Discussion Room (CDR) 2022” on Saturday (19/11 /2022). Held online through the Zoom Meeting application, this event carries the theme “_Polemic Teacher Professional Program (PPG) Against the Fate of Bachelors of Education: Is it a Form of Distrust or Justice?”.

This discussion was opened directly by the Head of the PPKn FKIP UNS Study Program, Dr. Winarno, S.Pd., M.Sc. In his remarks, he expressed his appreciation for organizing this CDR activity, he hoped that there would be more and better academic discussion rooms discussing educational issues.

“Appreciation to the committee for planning and organizing academic activities such as this CDR activity. This activity is very good to participate in because it discusses issues that are actual and relevant to the current state of students plus resource persons who know the topic. The hope is that in the future there will be more and better academic discussion rooms,” hoped Dr. Winarno.

Moderated by Ridha Azizah Hidayati who is a PPKn Study Program (Prodi) student at FKIP UNS, this discussion presented a resource person. he is dr. Drs. Machmud Al Rasyid, S.H., M.Sc. He is a Lecturer in the PPKn Study Program FKIP UNS. He presented material entitled “Problematics and Dialectics: Teacher Professional Education and Bachelor of Education”.

In his presentation, he explained 3 main submaterials. The three sub-materials are FKIP Student Anxiety, History of Teacher Education, and the Legal Basis of PPG. At the beginning of his presentation, he explained the portraits of FKIP students before and after PPG.

“Before PPG was introduced, these prospective students were interested in the FKIP major, so the tightness increased. FKIP graduates formally immediately become teachers and are considered professionals. However, after PPG, FKIP graduates could not immediately become teachers and needed to take PPG. This means that FKIP graduates are the same as graduates of other pure faculties. Even though the content of PPG material is the same as the material for undergraduate or S-1 education programs,” explained Dr. Macmud.

Dr. Machmud made a recommendation that PPG should be revitalized to improve and develop teacher competencies, not to form prospective teachers. He emphasized that the lack of qualified FKIP graduates to become teachers should be used as a reference for making prerequisites for FKIP qualifications that would allow the quality of graduates to be maintained.

“Graduates from non-FKIP since the beginning of college have chosen pure science without intending to become teachers, so the assumption is that their motivation is low. Because a profession other than a teacher does not pass, trying to enter PPG means that the quality in pure science is not tested or is below average. Therefore, the assessment that FKIP graduates do not have sufficient quality as teachers should not mean that they can tender the teaching profession. It doesn’t mean that anyone can become a teacher, but it makes prerequisites for FKIP qualifications that enable the quality of graduates to be maintained while making the conditions tougher,” stressed Dr. Macmud.

After the presentation of the material, the discussion continued with a question and answer session. The 2022 CDR discussion ended with a joint documentation session.


Reporter: Rosantika Utami
Editor: Zalfaa Azalia Pursita