Repair of Damaged Schools Must be Done Jointly

Media Indonesia, page 13

Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Muhadjir Effendy said in Jakarta, Wednesday (19/10), that the construction of schools must be built cooperatively, conducted jointly by cross-ministries and regional administrations. In the present condition, continued Muhadjir, in addition to the still many schools with damaged structures, be it  totally, moderately, and slightly damaged, there are also schools  with good structures but do not yet meet the minimum service standards.

Muhadjir explained that in accordance with the directives of President Joko Widodo, a reallocation of existing funds is to be focused on the revitalization and rehabilitation of schools, especially focused on the totally damaged schools. Meanwhile, he continued that the educational budget in the State Budget (APBN) reached Rp420 trillion. However, only about Rp39.8 trillion is earmarked for the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud).

Muhadjir said that about 65% of the funds are allocated to regions which will use it for physical development. Whereas Kemendikbud itself only conducts physical construction that is very limited and urgent. Therefore, the construction of damaged schools must be conducted jointly with the regional administrations. Kemendikbud aims to rehabilitate 42,000 classrooms, renovate 305 schools and build 221 new schools in 2017.

Meanwhile, Member of House Commission X, Sofyan Tan said that Indonesia is currently ‘harvesting’ damaged schools, especially the INPRES primary schools that were mass constructed several decades ago. Sofyan said that there should be a strategic step to resolve the issue. Moreover, the number of damaged schools is more than 40,000 covering about 1.17 million classrooms.

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