Control of Regional Education Balance

Media Indonesia, page 13

Regional Education Balance (NPD) becomes an important instrument that must be controlled carefully by the government, in this case the Ministry of Education and Culture, to ensure accountability in order to improve the quality of national education.

One of the causes of the low attainment of educational progress in the regions so far is presumed to be due to the local government not carrying out the mandate of the Constitution (UUD) which requires the allocation of education budget amounting 20% of the regional budget (APBD). Of the 504 regencies/ cities in Indonesia, only five regions poured in 20% of their budget for education.

Similarly, the common thread of the Education Dialogue event held in cooperation with the World Bank supported by the government of Australia through a new program is namely improvement in the school system, education management and learning environment that was held in Jakarta yesterday.

Secretary General Kemendikbud Didik Suhardi representing the Education Minister said, in the dialogue event, that Indonesia actually has an education national standard policy (SNP) which is covered by the state revenue and expenditure budget (APBN). However, to achieve independence/ self-reliance, the role of local administrations is very much expected, namely by allocating a budget of at least 20% of APBD.  However, he also agreed with the suggestion of the World Bank resource person that in developing school-based management, schools must be creative and innovative by not always relying solely on government funding.



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