Central Government Rejects School Rehab Proposals

Media Indonesia, page 11

The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) for fiscal year 2017 is no longer accepting submissions of proposals for national financing of the renovation of damaged schools due to suspected brokering going on.  This was expressed by the Director of Primary School Development of the Directorate General of Primary and Secondary Education Wowon Widaryat, yesterday (31/10).

Wowon said central (govt) intervention to repair damaged schools in the regions will be done by utilizing the central data which is considered better and updated when compared with those of the regions. This policy, continued Wowon, was intended to accelerate the process of budget support for the rehabilitation of damaged schools.

Wowon explained brokering indications occurred in schools that do not have good human resources in formulating school rehabilation proposals. Thus, many schools asked other parties or third parties for commissioned services.

Wowon added that the budget from Kemendikbud in the 2017 budget year is around Rp1.4 trillion. In order to control the budget use, Kemendikbud will work together with the Corruption Eradication Commision (KPK) and request the public to give inputs regarding the school rehabilitation program. Meanwhile, the implementation will involve 611 vocational high schools (SMK), 6,000 teachers and also thousands of SMK students in all provinces.



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