Bamsoet: the Papua Special Autonomy Fund Must Be Able to Improve Education Quality – A Chairman of the MPR RI Bambang Soesatyo revealed, as regulated in Law Number 2 of 2021, the Special Autonomy Fund for Papua (Papua Province and West Papua Province) will continue to be provided until 2041.

The figure was increased from 2 percent to 2.25 percent of the ceiling of the National General Allocation Fund. It makes the Papua Special Autonomy funds increase from IDR 7.6 trillion in 2021 to IDR 8.5 trillion for 2022.

“One of the uses of the Special Autonomy funds is aimed at improving the public education sector in Papua. Throughout 2020, the Papua Province received an education budget allocation of Rp. 1.62 trillion of the total Papua Special Autonomy funds of Rp. 5.29 trillion. Meanwhile, West Papua Province received around Rp. 470 billion of the total West Papua Special Autonomy fund of Rp 1.7 trillion.”

“However, the Ministry of Education and Culture reported that they never received information about the use of Papua’s Special Autonomy funds for the education sector. Therefore, the increase in Papua’s Special Autonomy funds, which is in line with the increase in funds for the education sector, must be espoused by transparency in the use of the budget,” said Bamsoet in the Nationality Public Lecture. at the Manokwari College of Law (STIH), virtually from Jakarta, Wednesday (1/9).

Also presenting was a Chairman of STIH Manokwari Filep Wamafma, as well as 500 participants from the big family of the STIH Manokwari Academic Community. The chairman of the 20th DPR RI emphasized that education is a fundamental foundation for the progress of a nation. Through education, reliable human resources will be generated for the progress of national development.

Therefore, appreciation needs to be given to STIH Manokwari as one of the higher education entities in Papua, which carries the motto that education is a key factor for protection, empowerment, respect, and alignment with the Papuan people.

The general chairman of the Indonesian Motorcycle Association (IMI) added that all parties can learn from Papuan youths who have succeeded in making proud achievements, in the midst of various limitations and many challenges that must be faced. Among others, Vanda Korisano and Martha Itaar who became Garuda Indonesia pilots after completing their education at Nelson Aviation College, New Zealand, and at Ganesha Aviation School, Jakarta.

“Bob Royend Sabatino Kaway and Thinus Lamek Yewi, the schoolboys of Doyo Baru Adventist High School, Waibu District, Doyo Baru Village, Jayapura Regency, who successfully represented Indonesia on the NASA research team in March 2016. There was Septinus George Saa who won a world-class competition, First Step to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 while he was still at high school. After graduating from high school, George continued his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in Florida, United States, and continued his master’s education majoring in materials engineering in England,” said Bamsoet.

“With its diversity and geographical condition as an archipelagic country with abundant natural resource potential, it places Indonesia as a center of gravity for the interests of the global community. It makes us vulnerable to foreign influence and infiltration. So,  respecting for the value of diversity within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is an absolute requirement for maintaining sovereignty as a nation,” said Bamsoet.

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