As the year 2023 draws to a close, governments and educational institutions around the world are refining their calendars for the upcoming year. Among these, the Indonesian government's announcement of the national holiday schedule for the New Year 2024 has garnered significant attention. The schedule, established through a Joint Decree (SKB) by three ministers - the Minister of Religious Affairs, the Minister of Manpower, and the Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform - ensures an extended weekend with the New Year falling on Monday, January 1, 2024.
Provincial Variances in Academic Calendars
Interestingly, the start of the second semester for students in the 2023/2024 academic year shows variances across different Indonesian provinces. For instance, in Jakarta, the second semester commences on Monday, January 2, 2024, and concludes on Friday, June 21, 2024. However, in West Java, students will have a slightly longer break, with the second semester starting on January 8, 2024. Central Java, the Special Region of Yogyakarta, and East Java follow Jakarta's lead, with the school year resuming on January 2, 2024.
Local Education Authorities Setting the Pace
It's pertinent to note that the educational calendar for each province is determined by their respective local education authorities. This year-end holiday period for students incorporates the Christmas 2023 holiday in addition to the end of the odd semester break.
Global Academic Calendars: A Look at the US
Moving to the other side of the world, the Prince William County School Board in the US has adopted the 2024-25 school calendar. The board approved Option A, providing a two-week-long winter break and a teacher workday following spring break. The Spring ISD Board of Trustees also approved a 2024-25 Instructional Calendar, with notable events like a Fall Break in October 2024 and a Thanksgiving Break in November 2024. Both calendar options prioritized maximizing student instruction.