Comment: Unhas reduces its tuition fees
June 6, Online
State-run Hasanuddin University (Unhas) in Makassar, South Sulawesi is due to lower its tuition fees, starting next semester, thanks to a subsidy it has received through the university’s operational aid program (BOPTN) from the Education and Culture Ministry.
“Starting this year, Unhas will receive a subsidy from the government. Therefore, we have decided to reduce by Rp 300,000 (US$31) the annual cost of tuition,” Idrus said on Wednesday.
It’s great about this subsidy for students. With this subsidy we can reduce the expensive tuition fees. But it would be better if the government gave more subsidies for college or gave it for free because in this era, studying at college is really important for young people.
This is sad. Quality higher education costs money, and $31 per semester or year isn’t even enough to buy a quality book. It’s unfortunate to see Indonesia’s education system decline even further.
These subsidies only lead to larger enrollments of students that have no real interest in learning. Furthermore, what quality of lectures does Unhas hope to attract at this rate? The school is falling apart.
Many students at Unhas are not even in the internet age. The tuition should be at least Rp 3,000,000 per year. Low-income students should qualify for scholarships and tuition waivers.
The rest should pay and learn what it’s really about to earn a college education.
American families spend an average of 16 percent of their earnings to send a child to college. Indonesian families spend an average of 1 percent now. That simply leads to poor-quality education
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