Mendikbud can Take Students’ KIP

Media Indonesia, page 24

The Ministry of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy underlined that if Indonesia Smart Card (KIP) is used in an unsuitable manner compared to the applied regulation, KIP will be taken from its recipient. This was stated by Mendikbud in the gap period for releasing the funds of Indonesia Smart Card Program in Penukal Abab Lematang Ilir Regency, yesterday (20/3).

Muhadjir said that this decision follows President Joko Widodo’s direction. This is that the removal of KIP can take place even though students have received the budget allocation in the relevant year. Muhadjir urged KIP owner to be careful in keeping their card, so that there will be no problems with it missing or being damaged.

Muhadjir said that according to the Regulation,the  education budget should takes 20 percent of the financial allocation of state, province, and regency. Of 416 trillion rupiah in this year’s budget, funds received by Kemendikbud was around 39 trillion rupiah, or only 9 percent. KIP itself takes most of the budget, amounting to more than 10 trillion rupiah.

Muhadjir added that KIP will be distributed to 17.8 million recipients this year. Kemendikbud’s focus is not only on the addition of new KIP recipients, but also on prioritizing indigent societies that have received benefit, but have not yet received the cards.

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