Well, ini yang saya temukan di laptop adik saya yang baru berusia empat belas tahun. Sebuah surat berbahasa inggris untuk bapak Menteri Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI. Dengan sedikit penyesalan karena saya tidak tahu harus dikirim kemana surat ini, seandainya saja saya tahu email pribadi beliau, mungkin lebih bagus untuk saya kirimkan tulisan adik saya ini secara personal.
Ya, sudahlah. Semoga Bapak Menteri bersedia meluangkan waktu untuk membacanya.
” OPEN LETTERS TO INDONESIAN MINISTER OF EDUCATION and CULTURAL (About RSBI dismissed)
Dear Mr. Muhammad Nuh, the Minister of Education and Cultural
Assalamualaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Shahnaz Syahida. I studied in the only (Ex) RSBI middle school in my town. I have been studying with this RSBI method for two and half years, that mean this is my last six month in this school.
As we know, RSBI method has been dismissed. But, I am not writing this letter to expect anything from you. I know I cannot hope too much. I would be very glad if you read this letter, just read.
I want to tell you my struggle to get in this school. I passed many test: first writing test, second writing test, I.T. test, and the first time english interview in my life. In that test, I got the fourth rank of all the kids who fight as hard as me. I was very happy! I wasn’t a rocket scientist. I was just… yeah, lucky. My mother hugged me tight. She was very proud of me.
After I passed that entire test, I still have to take part in bridging course. That course is be held about two weeks. From that, I learned so many thing I will use in RSBI school. I got the illustration of RSBI education method. And, that course was free.
After the course, I finally studied here for this several years. The RSBI method is effects so much to me. My English is so much better now and my I.T. knowledge is increase too.
So, why RSBI must be dismissed? Yes, I know the reasons, I know. All the adults have been told the reason to me. First, they say RSBI takes cost too much and only a couple of rich kids who deserve the RSBI method. No! Okay, there is some great schools who did that, but not all of RSBI schools doing such that thing. Not all of RSBI Schools are cost too much.
Second, they say RSBI School has been dismissed because RSBI is contradict our social-culture. I really cannot get with this one. I still speak Bahasa so much better than my English, so do my friend, so do my teacher. No one of us really forget how to speak in Bahasa. No one of us really forget about Indonesian culture. No one. We still speak bahasa, we just use English in class.
And what happened to us, RSBI’s student now? Why people tease us just because RSBI is dismissed? What will happen to my school? Will you just remove the RSBI logo and make us look like people who violence the law?
Well, all this tease and logo deletion will not make me down. I have been studying with a very good method for 2.5 years. thank you, thank you so much for this experience.”