Badung regency to provide free laptops for primary school students
The Jakarta Post
The Badung regency administration in Bali is reportedly allocating Rp 1 trillion (US$ 75,308) for the region’s education sector.
The fund, which amounts to 20.21 percent of the regional budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year (around Rp 5 trillion) is being allocated to renovate 103 school buildings and to provide 17,632 free laptops for fifth and sixth graders.
The budget needed for the free laptops is a little over Rp 114.7 billion, tribunnews.com reported.
“If it’s (for) education then it is all free of charge,” Badung mayor I Nyoman Giri Prasta stated after the Badung plenary meeting on Wednesday. He also said that there would be no more committee charge fee and everything would be carried out according to plan.
I Ketut Widia Astika, head of education, youth and sports unit of Badung regency stated that there would also be training for teachers of the fifth and sixth grade students as not all teachers were familiar with laptop usage.
“This is about Badung’s educational future,” he said.
The rest of the budget allocation will reportedly be for designing early childhood educational program. (asw)
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