Absorption for Courses Extremely Minimal

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Utilization of the Smart Indonesia Cards (KIP) for equivalency education and courses is very minimal. Only around 17,000 recipients utilized it from around 4.1 million cards printed for education outside of school. Director General for Early Childhood Education and Public Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture Harris Iskandar said, KIP could be used for recipients aged 6-12 years who are in equivalency education (Package A/SD, Package B/SMP, and Package C/SMA), course and training institutions, as well as vocational training centers.

According to Harris, the momentum of KIP provisioning should be utilized well. There is opportunity to improving education and skills for those who do not attend formal schooling. Harris said, the basis for data gathering used was from 2011. KIP delivery is directly made to targeted households.

Within five years, many changes occurred. It is not easy to be able to rediscover those who were initially identified as target groups. He asked education agencies, equivalency education institutions, till course institutions to help invite those meeting requirements to register/apply.

Chairperson of Smart Indonesia Movement or Gerakan Indonesia Pintar Yanti Sriyulianti said children aged 6-12 years who dropped out of school should register/apply to the nearest equivalency education, course institutions, or vocational training centers. They should be helped in order to access this government program by registering to the education agency. For school drop outs or those who were never in school require special services made available if it is not possible to go to schools due to social, geographic, and economic constraints. Yanti explained,  from the Ministry of Social Affairs’ Hope Family Program data, there are 5.7 million children who need to be helped. There are those who dropped out of school or never attended school. They should be guaranteed to obtain KIP.   For children who refuse to go to school again, their vocational education is strengthened non-formally.

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