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School zoning flip-flop may worsen inequality in Indonesia: Ombudsman

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, June 30, 2019   /  09:37 am
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Home address verification: An administrative officer of SMAN 8 Depok state high school in West Java verifies a student’s home address during a new student enrollment session, as part of implementing the Education and Culture Ministry’s new school zoning enrollment system. The new system requires schools to prioritize enrolling students who live within a certain catchment area. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)

The Indonesian Ombudsman has criticized the Education and Culture Ministry for making a hasty decision to decrease the allocation of seats for nearby students in the zoning system to 80 percent while increasing those for students with high academic achievement to 15 percent.  “This is the way the ministry responded to protests and it showed how they are not firm with their own policy. Even if they need to change the policy, they need to make a thorough evaluation first and not just suddenly drop the quota like that,” Ninik Rahayu, an Ombudsman member, said. Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy circulated a letter on June 20 on the policy revision after a string of protests by parents and students over the zoning policy for school enrollment that prioritized the admission of students who live in the same district as their desired schools.   I...