goodmorningpapua.com – The government of Kaimana Regency, West Papua, this year sent 62 prospective students to study at a number of universities with the costs borne by the local APBD and MUI.
The releasing of 62 prospective students who will continue their studies at a number of universities was conducted by the Regent of Kaimana, Freddy Thie, on Monday
Of the 62 students receiving the educational assistance from the Kaimana Regency Government and the Kaimana MUI, 85 percent of them were native Papuan students.
They will continue their education to the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) as many as eight persons, UIN Salatiga 20 persons, UIN
Pekalongan seven persons, IAIN Kudus seven persons, ITS NU Pekalongan five persons, and students of the Higher Education Affirmation (Adik) program as many as 15 persons.
Regent Freddy Thie said that education is the main way to create intelligent and quality human beings.
Therefore, local government intervention in the educational field cannot be limited only to primary and secondary education levels, but must reach higher education levels by taking into account the applicable laws and regulations.
This is also in accordance with the vision and mission of the Kaimana Regent and Deputy Regent, when in addition to optimizing basic education services as contained in the second mission, the higher education is also placed in one of 18 priority programs.
“I want to provide broad access for Kaimana’s children to pursue higher education through collaboration with various universities and other instruments such as providing assistance for students,” he said.
He said the efforts made by the district government are currently mandated by Law Number 2 of 2021 concerning Special Autonomy, namely Article 56 paragraph (6) letter a which reads allocating the education budget to higher education for native Papuans.
Providing access to higher education levels for Kaimana’s children will have implications for increasing the achievement of the Human Development Index (HDI) indicators in the field of education.
Regent Freddy requested the students to take advantage of the opportunity well in order to increase their capacity, make their families proud and contribute to the development of Kaimana Regency in the future.
To parents, he invites them to continue to provide support while their children are studying.
The event for releasing the students was also attended by Regional Secretary Donald Wakum, Deputy Chief of Police Kaimana Kompol Mapparenta, Head of the Youth and Sports Education Office Ray Ratu Come, Chairman of MUI Kaimana Zein Farisa, and local OPD leaders and parents.