The Story of Principal Rusdi, Turning a Collapsed School into Outstanding School in Malang City

SUKUN – SMA Nasional Malang is one of the schools that can still maintain its existence from the number of students as well as achievements. Even though this school had collapsed because the number of students was so small. In 2012-2013, this school only had 12 students from grades 10 to 12.

“When that period I was appointed to be the Principal, I changed my mindset. From blaming each other for example government regulations become self-correction, “Rusdi explained when was met at his school on Tuesday (10/10/2017). He tried to rise in the fierce competition in schools in Malang. So that the fighting power was magnified. Including making a different by only accepts prospective junior high school students ranked 1 to 10. “I went to the foundation and asked to be given authority,” said the man from Kecamatan Dasuk, Kabupaten Sumenep. One of the founders of the foundation had doubts about the plan. Because with the conditions at that time it was difficult to attract students. Especially if there are special rules. “What if it doesn’t sell well?” asked an administrator. SPP also increased to Rp 200 thousand and educational contributions of Rp 2 million / new student. The condition of the school was described as collapsing at the time because the foundation subsidized Rp 10 million per month. While spending Rp 11 million per month, which means it is still a deficit of Rp 1 million per month. The steps then put a banner in front of the school to recruit prospective new students with the words “Sorry, We Only Accept 1-10 ranking”.

This breakthrough had received opposition from teaching teachers. “I understand they (the teachers) are nervous. Especially teachers who have obtained certification for fear of not getting students, so they don’t have enough hours to teach, “said the alumni of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang. But as a leader, he must adopt a policy so that his school can exist. According to the father of two children, when the teacher was sanctioned, he was even enthusiastic about carrying out his work plan.

This S2 Sociology Graduates from the University of Muhammadyah Malang (UMM) went to public and private junior high schools for socialization. “Even I went to a school; I was not given a chance. I begged. Luckily at that time there was a takziah teacher. So given time to explain to students, “he explained. To compensate for student input, the education staff also adjusted. By finding a high IP. If from PTN, it is set IP 3.5. While from PTS pegged 3.64.

Recently, Rusdi received an award from Menristekdikti as the best high school in Indonesia in the best program and coaching category.

Because of his success, there are often other school principals who come to share considering that in Malang there are still schools that are difficult to get students.


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