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The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) issued 17.9 million Indonesia Smart Cards (KIP) for children of low income families who are recipients of the Prosperous Family Cards. This was expressed by the Director General of Primary and Secondary Education, Kemendikbud, Hamid Muhammad, in Jakarta, last week.
Hamid said that based on reports from KIP delivery service providers that up to 28 September, a total of 17,067,951 cards (95.2 percent) are already in the hands of the recipients. While 94,164 cards (0.5 per cent) have been returned by the recipients. The return of the Smart Cards was because the recipients were unknown, have moved, and have died. In addition, there were also recipients who refused to accept them because they felt they could afford and some have already graduated.
However, Hamid further explained that there were 765,193 cards (4.3 per cent) that were still in the process of delivery. His party has targeted the deliveries to be completed by 30 October. Hamid has also instructed the students who have already received the KIPs to immediately report to their schools or non-formal education institutions so that they could obtain the funds for 2016.
KIP recipients who have enrolled in schools and were recorded in the Education Database (Dapodik) totaled 10,793,830 persons. The Ministry has actually disbursed the funds to 10.2 million students. However, only 3.9 million persons have withdrawn funds from the disbursing banks due to constraints of the bank capacity in serving disbursements in areas far from the banks.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Smart Indonesia Movement, Yanti Sriyulianti, said there were still many students aged 6 to 21 years who have not been recorded as KIP recipients. There are approximately 5.7 million children from the Hope Family Program of the Ministry of Social Affairs who have not been included as KIP recipients. Therefore, she suggested that the Ministry of Education and Culture and other government agencies sit together to cross check their data.