Schools in Borderline Areas To Become Focus of Attention

Media Indonesia, page 13

In order to improve access to educational services in borderline areas, the government will build boarding schools. These schools are expected to be effectively operational by 2017. This establishment intends to resolve the geographical problem for students whose homes are far away from schools. Minister of National Education (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy revealed this solution at the meeting of Kolese Pendidikan Guru (KPG) in Merauke Regency, West Papua, yesterday (6/9).

He said that to date, the local government (pemda) has not optimally cultivated the education sector in borderline areas. He urged pemda/pemkot to participate and they must allocate 20% of their APBD for education.

Charles Simaremare, a member of Regional Representative Council (DPD) for Papua, positively welcomed the plan to develop boarding schools in borderline areas. This plan can enhance education in borderline areas and improve human resources for the future.

Meanwhile, Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel, Sumarna Surapranata, said that his department is ready should pemda ask them to assist in selecting and distributing teachers for borderline areas. His Department has sent 56 teachers from the program of Sarjana Mendidik di wilayah Tertinggal, Terdepan dan terluar (SM3T) for borderline areas such as Merauke.



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