Kelase, Wikasa, Harukaedu, Codemi, Tutor, Mahoni, Fodboo, Studentbook, Goesmart, are a few names that are buzzing Indonesia’s educational technology (edtech) startup scenario in the last two years. The latest among them is Codemi launched in February, this year. The education system of Indonesia, including higher education has a lot of ground to cover and here's an opportunity that startups can't afford to miss. They've taken upon themselves to fill the need gap. e27 spoke to some of the players in the industry to review the ed-tech business in the archipelago Read Also: HarukaEdu offers affordable, accessible and social online education Many problems = good prospect According to Novistiar Rustandi, CEO and Founder of Harukaedu, a learning management system targeting higher education, the prospect for ed-tech startups is very good in Indonesia. He cites three problems in Indonesia’s higher education today:
- Shortage of seats: According to data from Ministry of Education in 2010, of the 2.5 million student applicants, only one million are accepted because of the shortage.
- Shortage of qualified educators: According to data from McKinsey, cities outside Java island are growing fast, while qualified educators mostly live in cities in Java island. Even though the government is building up universities outside Java island, universities are having a tough time due to the shortage of qualified educators.
- Shortage of skilled workers: According to data from World Bank, 85 per cent companies in 'manufacturing' have reported difficulties in finding workers for managerial positions; and 69 per cent reported difficulties in finding workers with specific skills.