2017 KIP Budget Down, Total Target Reduced

Suara Pembaruan, page 16

The total estimated 2017 budget ceiling proposed by the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) has not changed, still amounting to Rp 39.8 trillion. The budget has included the allocation of Indonesia Smart Cards (KIP) in 2017 for 17.9 million recipients. Related to the budget, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said the target beneficiaries of the Smart Indonesia Program (PIP) in 2017 was not as many as in 2016. To that end, the budget allocation for the KIP 2017 differs, as adjusted to the target beneficiaries of KIP 2017 which is also reduced.

Recorded in 2016, the KIP budget was allocated for 17.9 million children, so the budget expended was to the amount of Rp 10.3 T. Whereas in 2017 it is only for 16.5 million children. So the funds allocated are Rp 8.6 T.  In this case the reduction in target beneficiaries is 1.4 million children.

Muhadjir said KIP recipient adjustment was based on the evaluation of the implementation in 2016. In the KIP target beneficiaries in 2016 totaling 17.9 million children, there was a figure that was allocated as a precaution in case there were school age children who were in non-formal education. However, in reality the budget absorption rate was low, so that the assumption was the allocation was overestimated.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the budget, Muhadjir said, would be allocated for the utilization of additional targets in five other sectors, including the rehabilitation of classrooms, educational tools, accreditation of schools/ institutions, the addition of incentives for non civil servant teachers and culture community facilities, as well as flagship scholarships and government assistance.

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