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…

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…