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Zoning isolates students who live far from schools

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Surabaya   /   Thu, June 20, 2019   /  07:16 am
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High school scramble: Parents jostle to receive state school enrollment forms at SMP 10 state junior high school in Denpasar, Bali, on Tuesday. Student enrollment in state schools is determined through a zoning system.(The Jakarta Post/Zul Trio Anggono)

Tudji Martudji, 53, and his wife have gathered together jewelry, a house ownership certificate and other possessions as they prepare to send their first born to high school. The family in Tanggulangin district, Sidoarjo, East Java, only has two options: enrolling their son in a private school, which is expensive, or applying to good state schools in other districts, which carries the risk that their child will be rejected because of the zoning system. There are no state schools in their district. The zoning system, in which schools are required to give priority to students who live in the same district, has frustrated parents who live far from good state schools — or any state schools at all. “The zoning system excludes my son from state schools because there are no state schools in our district,” Tudji said on Wednesday on the sidelines of a rally organized by...