Being an official as Head of Jakarta Education Department is not a childhood dream of Taufik Yudi Mulyanto. The man who loves bicycling dreamed to be a teacher since he was a child due to raised in a family of educators. His father, Muhammad Slamet Yuwono, was a teacher of Polytechnic School IV and had become a headmaster at State Junior High School (SMPN) 147 Cibubur, East Jakarta, while his mother, Siti Amanah, was a teacher of SMPN 19 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.
During grade 1 and 3 at SMPN 16 Kebayoran Baru, Taufik had also become a student of his mother. Nevertheless, his mother still acted professional by positioning herself as a teacher for her son at school. She gave similar handling to other students, including sanction due to Taufik violated school regulation without defending him. At that time, Taufik wore a long-sleeved white shirt although school regulation prohibited it. Finally, he was sanctioned by his recklessness.
Thus, although his dream becoming a teacher did not come true, he was trusted to be Head of Jakarta Education Department since 2009 until now, after previously trusted as Head of Jakarta Sports and Youth Department (Disorda). It means, all teachers in Jakarta are under direction of this man who was born on November 9, 1961. Therefore, he admitted that he always grateful to Allah SWT (God Almighty) who has given His grace and bless until he becomes the number one person in environment of Jakarta Education Department.
During his serve as Head of Education Department, this father of three children has many experiences which allow him to always meet with education communities that have many members and spirit to develop this country, especially teachers and headmasters who advancing noble duty in developing education.
“When I feel tired, meeting them seems like a medicine. My principle is that I will spend time for them and I also try to come every Monday morning to be ceremony conductor at 6.30 AM, because there are many schools which must be rolled one by one,” he told to beritajakarta.com, Sunday (8/7).
According to him, visiting all headmasters and teachers in schools can give many advantages. Among the advantages are able to listen to teacher’s aspirations directly, besides know the education situation in the school he visited. Moreover, he can also give education policies information directly and give appreciation and motivation to the teachers.
However, despite his tight schedule, Taufik never forget to do sports. In fact, to maintain his stamina, he is cycling every Tuesday and Friday from his house at Kalisari area, Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, to his office on Jl. Gatot Subroto, South Jakarta. The great thing is that besides the long route he taken, the cycling starts at 5.40 AM all by himself.
He admitted that his success now besides from permit of Allah SWT and his parents, is also because his teachers’ performances who have taught and inspired his life. During his study at elementary school (SD) around Block S, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, he said that he was very amazed by his religion teacher named Muniri and mathematics teacher named Franky Sitorus who always advancing firmness while teaching in class.