In many Asian countries the language that is spoken at home is not the language that the children will be taught at school. In Indonesia, for example, children grow up at home learning and speaking their local dialect and at school they are taught and instructed in Bahasa Indonesia.
It is assumed that children in remote regions are more likely to drop out of school if they cannot learn in their native tongue, since quite often the students do not understand the language of instruction. Indonesian education experts have now suggested that the simultaneous use of local and Indonesian languages should be promoted during the early stages of education to boost the accessibility of education, especially that of young children in remote areas.
The Jakarta Post writes that "Data from ACDP Indonesia showed that only 63 percent of children aged five to 14 attended schools in remote regions, compared to 72 percent in cities" and "The ACDP blamed the high dropout rate on the use of Indonesian language in class."
An Indonesian language expert explained that it was important for young children to be fluent in their native tongue first and then use their first language to introduce them to the Indonesian language.