The Ministry of Education and Culture attempts to distribute the Smart Indonesia Cards, known as KIP, more effectively this year by synchronizing its data on underprivileged students with the Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction integrated database. (Antara Photo/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

Education Ministry to Synchronize Data for Better Distribution of Social Aid

BY : ADITYA RAMADHAN & DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

JANUARY 16, 2017

Jakarta. The Ministry of Education and Culture attempts to distribute the Smart Indonesia Cards, known as KIP, more effectively this year by synchronizing its data on underprivileged students with the Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction integrated database.

The cards allow children from poorer families to receive social aid to pursue education.

"In the KIP distribution this year we will prioritize data verification. We have to match the ministry's data with the integrated database," Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said after a meeting at the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs on Monday (16/01).

The move comes after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo instructed the minister to to make the government's welfare programs available to more citizens.

Earlier, the cards were distributed in the rural areas based on the integrated database. However, not everyone who should had received them as some data were inaccurate.

The minister gave an example of mistakes in the KIP distribution by saying that once a married person, who had dropped school to work, accidentally received the card too. He decided to change the distribution mechanisms by handing the cards directly to schools.

He expressed his hope that by synchronizing the data, the welfare program will reach those who need it.

"Hopefully, this year there'll be no problems; now we have found the right pattern," he added.

The governmental data on the underprivileged students derive from the National Statistic Agency, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, and Ministry of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration. The coexistence of several databases complicates the synchronization process.

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