Govt Cancels Witness Testimony, Hearing on Teacher-Lecturer Law to End

Chief Justice Anwar Usman opening the material judicial review hearing of Law No. 14 of 2005 on Teachers and Lecturers, Tuesday (3/7/2023). Photo by MKRI/Ifa.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 12:03 WIB

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court (MK) held another material judicial review hearing of Law No. 14 of 2005 on Teachers and Lecturers for case No. 111/PUU-XX/2022 on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 in the plenary courtroom. The fifth hearing, presided over by Chief Justice Anwar Usman and the other eight constitutional justices, was supposed to present the President/Government’s witnesses. However, the Court had received a letter that the President/Government’s proxy would cancel the testimony.

“So, today’s hearing is the last. The next agenda is the submission of concluding statements by the parties up to seven days from now on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 11:00 WIB,” he said.

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The Petitioners argued that the a quo article was implemented as temporary suspension of payment of professional allowances for lecturers from 2009 to 2022. As a result, the Petitioners lost their financial rights while pursuing further studies at a number of higher education institutions in Indonesia while taking study leave. This interpretation is not based on the best interests of lecturers taking study leave, especially those who are currently or will be pursuing further studies at their own expenses entirely or partially or on a scholarship even though they still have some workload for their position. Ideally, as long as they have workload for their lecturing position, they deserve lecturer certification allowances.

Therefore, they requested that the Court grant the petition and declare Article 51 paragraph (1) of the Teacher-Lecturer Law along the phrase “in carrying out professional duties” unconstitutional and not legally binding if not interpreted to mean “in carrying out professional duties, also includes lecturers taking study leave.”

Author       : Sri Pujianti
Editor        : Lulu Anjarsari P.
PR            : M. Halim
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Translation uploaded on 3/7/2023 15:17 WIB

Disclaimer: The original version of the news is in Indonesian. In case of any differences between the English and the Indonesian versions, the Indonesian version will prevail.

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