Education Budget Rp444 Trillion, Finance Minister Ask PT Keep Awasi Use

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Monday, May 07 2018 - 14:30 IWST

Menkeu Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Foto Voa)
Menkeu Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Foto Voa)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati called on the university community to oversee the use of the education budget, which continues to increase every year.
"My educational budget when I was minister in 2005 was only Rp29.5 trillion and now the education budget is Rp444 trillion.In 13 years time, there is a very high budget increase," Sri said in a public discussion in commemorating National Education Day (Hardiknas) by the Ministry of Research , Technology and Higher Education (Kemristekdikti) in Jakarta, Monday (7/5/2018)
But such a high budget increase, has little impact on human resource development. Sri Mulyani explained the story that he can still be the same from children who have not been able to understand the reading and also the low score of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), when compared to neighboring countries which also have a 20 percent education budget from the State Budget (APBN ).
"For that, I invite colleges to think about our education problem," he said.
He also touched on the increase in the amount of budget, the allowance for teachers also increased as well as the increasingly desirable professions of teachers. However, the problem is not equal distribution of distribution and quality of teachers, whereas the ratio is equal to the developed countries of 1:16.
The minister also explained from Rp444 trillion of education budget for this year, two-thirds of the budget is transferred to the regions and only one third is in the central government.
He hopes that with this kind of meeting, the education community can find solutions to the problems facing the education sector. In addition, he also questioned the commitment of local governments in improving the quality of education in the region because two-thirds of the national education budget is in the region.
Meanwhile, Director General of Science and Technology Resources and Dikti Kemristekdikti, Ali Ghufron Mukti as reported by Antara said the development of human resources is very important but sometimes have constrained the financial factor, especially in higher education.
"For lecturers based on the law, they have to have postgraduate education," said Ghufron. "We have about 31,000 lecturers now, but for the infrastructure, it has not been there for 10 years.
Ghufron expects that the Institute of Education Fund Management (LPDP) supports the provision of scholarships for lecturers because the majority of lecturers are from middle to lower class. If included in the free competence will lose the competition.

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