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Jakarta Post

Preemployment card program halts course bundles

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie and Dzulfiqar Fathur Rachman


Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3 2020   /  01:00 am
Pencari kerja mengambil AK/1 yang baru selesai dibuat di Kantor Dinas Tenaga Kerja Kabupaten Bogor, Cibinong, Bogor, Jawa Barat, Jumat (12/6/2020). Dalam sepekan ini pembuatan kartu AK/1 atau Kartu Kuning meningkat dikarenakan memasuki musim kelulusan SMA dan SMK melamar pekerjaan. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

The preemployment card committee has suspended the sale of course bundles offered by partnered learning platforms as of Tuesday after discovering lapses in accountability. The program’s partners, Skill Academy by Ruangguru, MauBelajarApa, Pintaria, Sekolahmu and Pijar Mahir, offer courses packaged as bundles for preemployment card holders. For example, Skill Academy by Ruangguru offered a bundle for ojol (app-based motorcycle taxi) drivers consisting of six courses, including stress management and English conversation, for Rp 1 million (US$70.49), compared to Rp 3.97 million if each course was purchased individually. However, the program committee found that the bundles offered no mechanism to ensure that buyers actually completed the courses in the package before they received cash incentives. The preemployment card program is a mix of cash aid and training subsidies p...