Koran Sindo, page 2
The Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy, after a limited cabinet meeting on the effectiveness of the education and healthcare spending at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, said yesterday (5/10), that the distribution pattern of the Smart Indonesia Cards (KIP) was currently not on target because only 60 percent has been distributed. There needs to be a pattern change, in order for distribution to reach 100 percent.
Muhadjir continued that the current KIP distribution pattern has been through the village administration based on the poverty alleviation integrated basic data. The village administration then distributed the KIP to poor families with school-age children.
However Muhadjir continued that the pattern was a disadvantage for the children of poor families who were already in school because they were considered sufficient/could afford and thus not entitled to obtain the KIP. Therefore, Kemendikbud proposed that the distribution pattern should be directly channeled to schools in accordance with the education database (Dapodik).
Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo highlighted that the quality of education in Indonesia was not directly proportional to the increasing amount of education funds. Therefore, he has instructed his cabinet ministers/ staff that the utilization of education fund be truly effective and well-targeted. The President also stressed that access to education for poor students and education infrastructure is a priority.