Indonesian Government will start a three-month marriage certification course soon. It will be required to got marriege.
Many people freak out at the thought of getting married because they aren't sure how they will manage their new house along with a family. With the idea of training people on how to be a spouse, Indonesia will soon introduce a three-month marriage course to certify that one is ready to get married.
The government-run certification programme would be mandatory to complete before Indonesian couples tie the knot. The free programme would include classes on reproductive health, disease prevention and childcare tips.
The programme was announced by the Human Development and Cultural Affairs (PMK) Coordinating Minister Muhadjir Effendi last week and will come into effect in 2020. Classes of the course will be designed by the PMK, Ministry of Religion and Ministry of Health.
"Anyone who gets married should get some kind of ‘upgrade’ about how to be a spouse with a family. [This class] will ensure that all parties involved understand the required knowledge, then they will receive a certificate," Effendi said.
If a couple fails the programme or refuses to take it, they would not be allowed to get married.
The 3-month course is different from the existing premarital counselling available at Offices of Religious Affairs as it is more comprehensive, Effendi added.
Ace Hasan Syadzily, a parliament member in charge of the commission on religious and social affairs, warned the government that the programme would make marriage difficult for people.
Though the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the top clerical body of the country, extended support to the policy as long as it does not defy religion, it added that people should not be burdened with the policy. "If people are too afraid to get married, they will instead have extramarital relations," MUI Secretary General Anwar Abbas said.