Indonesian schools drop science classes to increase religion studies

A new schools curriculum has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and English classes to provide more time for social and religious education
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Students raise their hands to answer a question in a 5th grade social studies class at their school on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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Students study during a science class at an Islamic school on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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Students use a rope made from rubber bands to play jump rope between classes at their school on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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An Indonesian teacher checks her notebook as students study during a 3rd grade social studies class on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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Students listen to their teacher during a 3rd grade social studies class on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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An Indonesian teacher lectures her students during a 3rd grade social studies class on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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A physics teacher runs through an experiment in preparation for a class at his school on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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Students walk between classes at their school on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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A student eats a bowl of noodles between 162124614classes as a friend teases him at their school on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)
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A student works through a math problem at his school on February 19, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A new schools curriculum to take effect in July, 2013 has drawn criticism for its plans to drop science and english classes to provide more time for social and religious education, at a time when Indonesian students are falling behind other countries in the region in Science and Math. (Getty Images)