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Improving effectiveness of education funds

  • Try Luthfi Nugroho

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Jakarta   /   Sat, May 11, 2019   /  01:12 pm
Improving effectiveness of education funds Second and third grade students of Talang Silungko II state elementary school join together for a class in Bungo, Jambi, on Thursday. (Antara/Wahdi Septiawan)

The government’s commitment to increasing education quality is shown by its efforts to increase the education budget. According to the 2019 state budget allocation, the education budget has grown by 13.2 percent or Rp 57.9 trillion (US$4.07 billion) in 2019, indicating efforts to improve public education and reduce the gap of public education quality by increasing funds transferred to local and village funds for education. In 2019, the amount of funds transferred was Rp 308.4 trillion, an increase of Rp 28.9 trillion from 2018. However, the scholar T. Jasmina has proven that the education budget does not necessarily improve public education at the local levels. The Research on Improving Systems of Education program by the Smeru Institute found in 2014 that the mathematical abilities of grade 7 students were very low, about 28 percent. The mathematics skills of 12th graders we...

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