Reforms In Education System Crucial, President Jokowi Says
Reforms in the country’s education system are crucial to making the system more flexible and adaptive to the rapidly changing world, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.
“Rapid breakthrough is needed by using existing infrastructure and technological advancements so equitable access and quality of education can be enjoyed throughout the country, which covers 17,000 islands and 300,000 schools,” President Jokowi said during a limited cabinet meeting on Education and Scholarship Programs at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (12/11).
The President also stressed the need to immediately renovate damaged education infrastructures.
“Even though this is the authority of regional governments, I want a joint program between the Central Government and regional governments to accelerate (school) buildings renovation, whether they are heavily, moderately, or slightly damaged,” said the President.
President Jokowi also instructed relevant ministers to properly supervise the distribution of Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), Smart Indonesia Card-College (KIP-Kuliah), and scholarship programs so that they can be well-targeted.
“Do not let them (the students) drop out of school because they cannot afford to pay school fees,” he said. (FID/JAY/ES)
Translated by : Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Edited by : Estu Widyamurti, M. Ersan Pamungkas