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Jakarta Post

School zoning and the break from elitist mentality

  • Alpha Amirrachman

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 25 2019   /  01:28 am

Nearly two years ago, it took Abdul half an hour to reach his school in Depok, West Java, on a bicycle. He was so exhausted one day that sweat drenched his exam sheets. However, things improved when the government implemented a school zoning policy where schools must prioritize children living nearby. Abdul enrolled at a senior high school near his house that took him only 10 minutes by public transportation to reac. The zoning system was intended to accommodate all children living near schools, regardless of their social and academic status. Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy expressed hope that schools would accommodate all school-age children in their respective zones.Student admissions are carried out through three channels, namely the zoning channel (minimum quota of 90 percent), achievement channel (maximum quota of 5 percent) and transfer students (maximum quota of 5 ...