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Jakarta Post

Alor govt strives to improve education

  • Yemris Fointuna

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 16 2012   /  08:02 am

The Alor regency administration in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has responded to the Community-based Education Information System (SIPBM) in Northwest Alor district, where more than 470 children have dropped out of school due to economic hardship, limited facilities and lack of interest in education.

This year the government has built 19 new schools as part of its efforts to bring education closer to the community, as well as to reduce the school dropout rate. The additional number of schools comprise five senior high schools, four vocational schools and nine junior high schools.

“Alor is one of the outer islands of NTT, so the central government has paid special attention to improving education in border areas and outer islands,” said Alor Education Office head Semeon Bayang.

Alor’s topography, which is hilly and dotted with many islands, is a classic issue of pro...