Ministry of Religion prepares three tuition relief schemes.
Ministry of Religion provides a single tuition (UKT) relief for students at the State Religious College (PTKN). The College Religion College Student Assistance Assisted by Ministry of Religion, These are the Requirements by students.Acting Director General of Islamic Education, Kamaruddin Amin, said the Covid-19 pandemic caused an economic slowdown that triggered a decline in the economic abilities of students, parents, and other parties who finance. The impact, smoothness in paying tuition fees is hampered.
“This KMA is also published to ease the burden on students, parents, or other parties who finance and to ensure the smooth payment of UKT,” Kamaruddin said through written statements.Kamaruddin explained that there were three schemes prepared for the reduction of tuition fees. All three are a reduction in the amount of tuition, extension of payment time, or UKT installments for students at PTKN who apply the Public Service Agency (BLU).
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Conditions for Getting Relief
To get the relief, Kamaruddin said, students are required to be able to show complete evidence or information regarding the status of a parent or guardian. For example, a parent or guardian experienced a Termination of Employment (PHK), business loss or was declared bankrupt, experienced a closure of the place of business, and income experienced a significant decrease.”Requests for UKT waivers are carried out in a network system (online) or outside the network (offline). The determination of UKT waivers applies to odd semester Academic Year 2020-2021, and will be evaluated and monitored as needed,” Kamaruddin said.
In addition, this KMA also mandates the Chancellor or the Chairperson of PTKN to determine the mechanism for implementing UKT relief. PTKN leaders can also partner or cooperate with third parties to help finance UKT students.”The Chancellor or Chairperson of PTKN must report the implementation of UKT relief to the Director General no later than the end of the current semester,” explained Kamaruddin.
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Boarding Schools and Madrassas in the Green Zone Should Not Be Opened yet
Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim, announced that the New Academic Year 2020/2021 will still begin in July. But not all educational facilities may be opened and held face-to-face learning activities.One of them is a boarding school and madrasa. Nadiem stated that this education unit was prohibited from holding face-to-face learning even though it was in the green zone.”For schools and madrassas with dormitories, if they are in the green zone it is still forbidden to open dormitories and conduct face-to-face learning during the transition period,” Nadiem said in the Education Sector Policy webinar amid Covid-19 Pandemic.
Transition period is set for two months, namely in July and August. After the transition period ends, dormitories may be opened in stages.Nadiem explained that there are conditions that must be met before the school dormitory and madrasas in the green zone reopen. For dormitories with capacities below 100 students are allowed to open with the number of occupants limited to a maximum of 50 percent in the first month and 100 percent in the second month.While the dormitory with a capacity of more than 100 students, the opening stages are divided into four. In the first month, dormitories may only be filled with 25 percent of students, 50 percent in the second month, 75 percent in the third month and 100 percent in the fourth month after the entry into force of the new school year.
Acting Director General of Islamic Education of the Ministry of Religion, Kamaruddin Amin, supported the decision made by the Ministry of Education. Especially with regard to madrasa education.”Because I think the characteristics of madrasa education and school are the same, therefore the policy for madrasa education is the same as school education,” Kamaruddin said.
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Not Returning Santri When Corona Pandemic, Islamic Boarding School Has Implemented Protocol
Covid-19 Pandemic that hit Indonesia also has an impact on educational activities, pesantren is no exception. Many boarding school managers had stopped their activities and sent back the students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.However, Acting Director (Plt) Director General of Islamic Education at the Ministry of Religion, Kamaruddin Amin, said there are still pesantren that do not repatriate their students. Even the number of students currently living in schools is still quite a lot.”The number (of santri is still in pesantren) is very significant so they continue to carry out learning (face-to-face) now,” Kamaruddin said in the Education Sector Policy webinar in the Covid-19 Pandemic Period.
Kamaruddin ensured the students and organizers of the pesantren education always applied strict health protocols. The students were also asked to maintain cleanliness and live a healthy lifestyle.”To the students who were in the cottage, did not go home, we appealed to the pesantren and santri education providers to implement the Covid-19 protocol and keep clean,” he said.As for students and madrasa students at home, Kamaruddin asked parents to be involved in fostering children.”Although not as optimal as in madrassas or Islamic boarding schools, but the development of character, character, relationships with parents must continue,” he said.