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Greater Jakarta: Education card program open to abuse

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12 2019   /  01:58 am

The Jakarta Smart Card Plus (KJP Plus) is not being used only to assist in educational costs, as designed, but rather to provide cash for everyday expenses, activists have said.

“It can [now] be used to buy many things, not only school needs,” Jakarta Residents Forum activist Azas Tigor Nainggolan said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com on Thursday during a discussion on Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s one-year performance in Central Jakarta.

Sumiati, an East Jakarta resident who also attended the event, said the parents of cardholders in her area used the education subsidy for various purposes, such as to buy cosmetics or clothing.

Many stores accept payment using the KJP, including clothing shops, she said, adding that several stores provided fast-cash using the scheme.

Moreover, Sumiati said, parents of the KJP holders could conspire with stores ...