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Jakarta Post

Low-skilled workers hope for better future through affordable colleges

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 10, 2019   /  11:41 am
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Many institutions in Greater Jakarta offer similar programs for workers and they offer flexible class hours and flexible payment terms. (Shutterstock/File)

Low-skilled workers in Jakarta, mostly high school graduates, see an opportunity to improve their career paths through affordable colleges, although they have to juggle between work and school. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data in August 2018, of about 4.73 million workers in the city, only 25.58 percent of them were graduates of college-level institutions. Most of the workforce, 42.29 percent, were high school graduates while 32.13 percent were junior high school graduates. Irpan Chrisson Limbong, 23, is a high-school graduate who works at a convenient store in Gambir, Central Jakarta. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in management at the Open University (UT) and he is now in his third semester. Hailing from Labuhan Batu Utara regency in North Sumatra, Irpan said he moved to the city in 2015 in search of work. He said that finding work in his home, the provinci...