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Jakarta Post

Government revises school zoning policy after public uproar

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 24, 2019   /  08:49 am
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Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy (right) strikes a gong to officially open a gathering of representatives of education agencies across the country from May 30 to June 1 to discuss the ministry’s school enrollment zoning system.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

To appease frustrated parents whose children have failed to be admitted to state schools, the Education and Culture Ministry has revised a regulation to enable more places to be allocated for students with high academic achievement in every school in the country.    Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said he had signed a circular informing regional heads and schools about a revision to Education Ministerial Decree No. 51/2018 on the school enrollment zoning system policy. The revision in the new Education Ministerial Decree No. 20/2019 stipulates that the ministry will increase the enrollment quota for high performing students to 15 percent of the total number of seats in a school, from the initial 5 percent. Another 5 percent will be allocated for transfer students, while the remaining 80 percent will still be determined by the zoning policy. &l...