A total of 30 students of the Teacher Educaion and Training program of Unisma participated in the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Pioneer Teaching Campus program. They have been deployed to 10 regions since October 12, 2020.
They are distributed in a number of elementary schools in Malang City, Malang Regency, Batu City, Probolinggo Regency, Blitar Regency, Pamekasan Regency, Situbondo Regency, Lamongan Regency, Cilacap to Mempawah Regency (West Borneo).
Pioneer Teaching Campus Program is one of the activities of the Independent Learning-Independent Campus program funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture through the Education Fund Management Institute. To participate in this program, the students have to pass a national level selection.
They are from three Study Programs namely Indonesian Language and Literature Education, English Language Education, and Mathematics Education.
“The task carried out by the 30 selected students is to become a teacher assistant to teach at the elementary schools close to their domicile for two months or until December 2020,” explained Dr. Sri Wahyuni MPd, Coordinator of the 2020 Pioneer Teaching Campus Program of Unisma.
Afnani Alfian, the 5th semester student of the Indonesian Language and Literature Study Program, Unisma, stated that he got an assignment at state elementary school 1 Tangkilsari, Kerajinan District, Malang Regency. For him, joining this program is to provide new experience and knowledge, especially since this is the first Pioneer Teaching Campus Program.
“The task of students in this program is to provide assistance to schools so that they can be equal to those in the city. In addition, the Ministry of Education and Culture hope that schools can use the Covid-19 emergency curriculum and introduce the Study From Home (SFH) platform from the Ministry of Education and Culture,” said Afnani.
The rector of Unisma, Prof. Dr. Maskuri M.si, hoped that they would play a maximum role in carrying out their role as teaching assistants.
“This is a good opportunity for you to apply the educational knowledge and theory that you have learned for more than two years. You will definitely be able to carry out your role optimally, because you were selected to join the Pioneer Teaching Campus program “, said Prof. Maskuri.
Before getting involved in carrying out their duties, the 30 Unisma students had participated in the selection for Pioneer Teaching Campus Program. They are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.00, qualified organizational experience, good behavior, pass the selection by Education Fund Management Institute and participate in debriefing for five days.