University Students to Get Jakarta Smart Cards by 2017, Basuki Says


DECEMBER 23, 2015

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama plans to extend the Jakarta Smart Card, or KJP, program to cover the city's university students by 2017, in an effort to curb dropout rates as a result of financial stress.

The KJP was introduced in 2013 by then-governor Joko Widodo for students from financially disadvantaged families attending state-run primary and secondary schools.

Using funds from the Jakarta regional budget, each student receives Rp 180,000 to Rp 240,000 ($13.20 to $17.60) per month, depending on their education level.

Students can use the cards to purchase items for school, such as uniforms and books, and travel for free on the TransJakarta bus network during designated hours.

“To me, everyone has a right to go to school or university. It should be our obligation that Jakartans can have a better education. There should be no selections [to enter schools] of any sort,” Basuki said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The government is exploring methods to allocate more funding to the KJP program so it can be extended to university students, he said.

The government has allocated Rp 2.5 trillion to the KJP for next year, with plans to extend the program to cover students at private-run Islamic schools, known as madrasah, who also face similar financial disadvantage.