In response to an increase in religiously-motivated violence, the Indonesian government wants to devote more time to teaching religion in it's elementary schools...at the expense of science.
Millions of children in Indonesian elementary schools may no longer have separate science classes starting in June, the beginning of their next school year, if the government approves a curriculum overhaul that would merge science and social studies with other classes so more time can be devoted to religious education.
The argument here being that with more religious instruction comes increased morality.
First, as Asia's fastest growing economy, science education might kinda-sorta be important to Indonesia's future success. You know, the type of success that might alleviate some of the conditions that lead to violence in the first place. Second, according to education experts quoted in the article, the overall education system in Indonesia needs an overhaul.
As it is in Indonesia, religion "is taught to students according to their own faiths, meaning that Muslim students are instructed in Islam, while Christian students study Christianity in separate classes." Do they receive inter-faith education as well? And what would more religious education look like? Would it be the type of education that stresses religious tolerance or the "we're right and those guys next door are wrong" variety?