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Jakarta Post

Bali province to have free education in 2010

  • Wasti Atmodjo,


Denpasar   /   Sat, January 24 2009   /  03:35 pm

The Bali provincial govern-ment is to scrap school fees for elementary and junior high school students starting in the 2010 academic year. Ketut Wija, head of the Bali education office, confirmed on Thursday that the province would still abide by the newly-issued ministerial decree which implied that school operation costs (Dana BOS) would be increased by 50 percent from January 2009. However, Wija said that if the allocation fund taken from the State Budget was inadequate to cover the education budget, the provincial government would set aside additional funds. With the new*regulation, students would not be required to pay special fees for school buildings, school text books and other activities, Wija said. He added that the provincial administration would also consider providing scholaships for underpriviledged and high-achieving students. "Schools, however, ar...