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RI education spending fails to yield good results: Report

  • Ardila Syakriah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 20 2020   /  01:00 am
Students of SMA 1 state senior high school in Bogor, West Java, attend the school’s orientation program on the first day of school on July 13. To prevent the virus from spreading, learning activities for schools in Bogor are still being held virtually. - JP/P.J.Leo(JP/P.J.Leo)

Although Indonesia's education system has grown more decentralized, not all local administrations have allocated their education budgets as required, with much of their spending going to teacher salaries instead of learning programs, a new report released Wednesday has found. A World Bank report, titled Revealing How Indonesia’s Subnational Governments Spend Their Money on Education, found that 112 of the country's 508 cities and regencies did not allocate 20 percent of their budget on education in 2018. This was also the case with 12 out of the 34 provinces in the country. "Local administrations have varying capacities in allocating and executing budgets," said World Bank economist Rythia Afkar, who was among those who worked on the report, during the launch of the document on Wednesday. She said that during the planning stage, most local administrations...