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VP Ma'ruf wants ‘pesantren’ to get financial aid during pandemic

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 11, 2020   /   04:28 pm
VP Ma'ruf wants ‘pesantren’ to get financial aid during pandemic A health official disinfects the bag of a student at an Islamic boarding school in Sidoarjo, East Java, on April 4. (Antara/Umarul Faruq/)

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has instructed his subordinates to draw up a list of pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) to receive financial assistance from the government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The financial support, Ma'ruf said, would help the boarding schools operate during the health and economic crisis.

"The amount of financial support [for each pesantren] will depend on the government’s financial ability. Hopefully, it will be enough to support them to operate during the pandemic,” the Vice President, who is a prominent Muslim cleric in the country, said during a virtual meeting with several ministers on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com

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Ma’ruf went on to say that not all pesantren in the country would need such assistance.

In the meeting, he also ordered the administrations to provide boarding schools with COVID-19 test kits, better sanitation and clean water as well as to instruct students on health and hygiene, including physical distancing and handwashing, to prepare them for the so-called “new normal” phase.

"If we can provide them with the aforementioned necessities, it would be better for all," said Ma'ruf. (vny)