Corruption Cases Emerge, UMM Lecturer Highlights Integration of Anti-Corruption Education

Author : Humas | Saturday, April 20, 2024 07:38 WIB
Dr. Nurul Zuriah, M.Si., (Photo : Special).

In 2024, corruption cases in Indonesia are quickly becoming the center of attention. The most recent case is the corruption at PT Timah, which caused losses of around 217 trillion to the country. Without an early response, the impact will spread beyond state finances, triggering a potential increase in corrupt behavior at all levels of society. Therefore, what can the government do to reduce this?

Integrating anti-corruption learning into the curriculum can potentially help to realize a corruption-free Indonesia. It was conveyed by Dr. Nurul Zuriah, M.Si., as a lecturer in Pancasila and Citizenship Education at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). The reason is that anti-corruption education can develop students with integrity and honesty values.

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"Through anti-corruption education, it can provide the opportunity for students to understand the problem of corruption, identify the actions that violate integrity, and develop awareness of the importance ethics and transparency in daily life," Nurul explained.

Moreover, anti-corruption education is also expected to develop the character of the children with integrity and the courage to reject corruption. It also teaches an understanding of the negative impact of corruption on both individuals and society as a whole. Thus, it can create a generation that is more aware of the negative impacts of corruption.

Nurul also highlighted that anti-corruption learning should be equally applied in all levels of education, from elementary school to senior high school. Moreover, interactive and practical learning methods need to be adopted to motivate students to think critically, discuss, role-play and conduct field trips to internalize anti-corruption values more effectively.

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"Make sure that anti-corruption education is not just an 'extra subject', but is integrated holistically across the curriculum. This can include aspects of ethics, law and social responsibility," she emphasized.

Therefore, in realizing an anti-corruption school culture, Nurul said that it requires three main principles. First, transparent, professional and accountable School-Based Management. Second, the integrity of anti-corruption values in the curriculum and daily practices at school. And the involvement of parents, communities and other relevant institutions in supporting anti-corruption education.

"Although it will have an uplifting impact, there are some challenges that teachers have to overcome in implementing anti-corruption education. For example, the limited resources including textbooks, teaching materials, and teacher's training. Therefore, the teachers will have to be more innovative to overcome this," she added.

The next challenge will come from the student’s awareness and interest in learning about anti-corruption. It requires teachers to use interesting and relevant methods to get students interested in understanding the material.

If anti-corruption education is officially implemented in the curriculum, it will have an impact on the government. It will produce a more responsible citizenry with integrity, which can reduce the level of corruption in Indonesia.

"However, teachers cannot provide specific advice without any further information. It is important for the government to take into account the input of educators and education experts in an effort to develop a more effective anti-corruption curriculum," she concluded. (lai/wil/put)



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