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Jakarta Globe: House Backs Universal Secondary Education Program to Start in 2013

posted Sep 7, 2012, 3:16 AM by Unknown user
House Backs Universal Secondary Education Program to Start in 2013
SP/Natasia Christy Wahyuni | September 07, 2012 

The House of Representatives is throwing its full support behind plans to implement universal secondary education even though it would cost some Rp 9.5 trillion ($993 million) a year to finance the program. 

Under the program, the government is planning to provide School Operational Assistance funding for 9.5 million high school students, including students at general high schools, vocational high school and Islamic schools. 

“All the political parties have supported it,” said Utut Adianto, the deputy chairman of the House commission for education. 

Utut added that the parties agreed the program would begin next year, and had expressed hope that it would help curb dropouts after the junior high school level. 

He said that while there were 14 million students in junior high schools across the country, only nine million continued on to high school. 

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