Manpower: Existing Teachers Must Take Bahasa Test Too

We now have more clarity from Manpower Minister, Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri. Dhakiri has announced that proficiency in the Indonesian language will be a requirement for both existing expatriates in Indonesia and prospective foreign workers. Hanif said his ministry was planning to establish some kind of online Indonesian language proficiency test for expat workers. Actually, he…

Is The Bahasa Indonesia Test Just Payback?

Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Fahmi Idris said recently that starting next year foreigners wanting to work or study in Indonesia would be required to pass an Indonesian language proficiency test and to learn Indonesian culture to help them develop better communications with their local environment.  The Minister of Manpower announcing that expats in Indonesia…

Bahasa Indonesia Test: The Expat Reaction

In recent weeks every single forum that deals with expatriate life in Indonesia has prominently featured the news that the Manpower Department (newly split off from the Transmigration Department by the Jokowi administration) intends to bring in a Bahasa Indonesia fluency test for expatriates applying for a work visa (KITAS) for Indonesia. According to the…

Wanted: Indonesian-Speaking Pet Unicorn Owners!

Surely every TEFL teacher in Indonesia will have heard by now: Manpower, the Ministry of Labor, have announced that by February 2015 they will be testing all applicants for Indonesian work visas in terms of their Bahasa Indonesian fluency. To get a KITAS, a work visa, you will first have to demonstrate ”mastery of Indonesian” in a…

Sample Questions from Bahasa Indonesia Test

The Indonesian government has created a lot of waves in recent days with their tough talk against foreigners on a number of fronts. There has been the hard-headed insistence that Indonesia needs to go ahead with executing drug mules from all over the globe as part of its ill-conceived ‘war on drugs’; there has been…

Indonesia’s Incoherent Administration

In November 2014, a mere 2 months ago, Indonesia’s new president Jokowi laid out his vision for Indonesia at a press conference held immediately after his first ever Cabinet meeting. At the conference he said some sensible, forward-looking stuff. He said that his priority for Indonesia was attracting more foreign investment, which would help to…