Ministry provides Rp 7.2 trillion in phone credit, data packages to support distance learning

first_imgThe Education and Culture Ministry will provide Rp 7.2 trillion (US$532 million) in social assistance in the form of phone credit and internet data packages to support students and teachers conducting long-distance learning for the next four months.Minister Nadiem Makarim announced the plan during a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission X overseeing education on Thursday.“We hope these subsidies can help all students and teachers [during this pandemic],” said Nadiem. The subsidy will be disbursed to school students in form of a 35 gigabytes (GB) internet data package every month, while teachers will receive a 42 GB data package.University students and lecturers will receive a 50 GB data package per month for the next four months.Read also: Local communities provide free internet, gadgets to students amid e-learning barriersNadiem said the cost of data and phone bills had been a major concern among parents, as students have been forced to learn remotely during the school closures amid the outbreak.The secretary of the ministry’s Early childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Directorate General, Sutanto, said the phone credit and internet data packages would be transferred directly to the students and teachers’ phone numbers that were registered with local education agencies.The ministry has also secured an additional Rp 1.7 trillion in assistance funds to be given to teachers, lecturers and other education sector workers. The money was taken from the reallocation of funds from several programs, including the Mobilization Organization Program (POP) that will be suspended until 2021.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Budget and Education Funding

first_imgMEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: December 05, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Statement on Budget and Education Funding Schools That Teach,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement on the budget and education funding:“The most important thing we can do to lay a foundation for long-term economic growth in Pennsylvania and prepare our children to compete in a 21st century economy is to make historic investments in education to reverse the devastating cuts from five years ago.“Nearly one month ago, Republican leaders agreed to a budget with me that includes the largest increase in education funding – at all levels – in the history of Pennsylvania. It is long past time for the legislature to move ahead with this agreement and end this impasse.“This agreement, that Republican leaders stood outside my office twice to announce, includes an additional $60 million for early childhood education, which will create 14,000 new slots for children, it invests $400 million new dollars into K through 12 education, a hugely important first step in restoring the cuts made to school funding, and the agreement increases higher education funding by 5 percent.“I urge the legislature to come together and pass the budget with this historic education funding and begin to move the commonwealth forward.”last_img read more