Ponto Yelipele, a Son of Papua becomes a Head of NTT Education Quality Assurance Agency

goodmorningpapua.com – Ponto Yelipele, MPd, a son from Walesi Village, Walesi District, Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, was appointed a Head of the Education Quality Assurance Center (BPMP) of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province.

Previously, the man who was born in Wamena, on November 10, 1980, served as the Head of Administration for BPMP Papua.

Ponto Yelipele with Heads of BPMPs all over Indonesia in Jakarta, April 25, 2022, inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Mendikbudristek), Nadiem Anwar Makarim represented by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Culture Ir. Suharti, MA, PhD in Jakarta, April 25, 2022.

After the inauguration, Ponto went directly to Kupang, for the Certificate of Head of BPMP NTT from the old official Drs H. Muhammad Irfan, MM on May 9, 2022.

BPMP was previously known as the Education Quality Assurance Institution (LPMP), but there has been a change in the Mendikbudristek Nomenclature Number 11 of 2022 to BPMP.

For Ponto, the mandate and trust provided to him by the Minister of Education and Technology, to serve as a Head of BPMP NTT is both a challenge and an opportunity.

Ponto said that the challenge was that the NTT region had cultural characteristics and the level of difficulty was not much different from that of Papua. Meanwhile, the opportunity is that he learns more, especially in the field of education in NTT.

Ponto has a distinct impression, for the first time setting foot in his new job.

“I was greeted warmly and openly when I got there. Friends in Kupang are very welcome. And this is a good spirit for me to start working there,” said Ponto in Jayapura, Saturday (28/5/2022).

BPMP NTT there are 76 ASN and 46 daily employees. When he was appointed Head of BPMP NTT, he said, his feelings were mixed between happiness, pride and sadness.

“But I have to go there, to do the call of duty, moreover, I hold firmly to the oath that an ASN is ready to carry out tasks anywhere,” said Ponto.

The level of education in NTT is still not adequate as in other provinces in Indonesia, he explained, if you look at the Human Development Index (IPM) in 5 provinces, namely Papua, West Papua, Maluku, North Maluku and NTT, it is indeed below 34 other provinces in Indonesia.

“But the characteristics are the same in these 5 provinces. It’s not too difficult for me, because I also come from that background, so it’s not difficult to understand and I can do something for my community in NTT,” explained Ponto.

This alumnus of The University of Sydney, Australia explained that in NTT, especially after Covid-19, there was learning loss, especially at the Elementary School (SD) level, in which learning time was not optimal and it was difficult for the community to access an education.

“Children who were previously in grade 1 are now in grade 3, but learning to read and write has not been completed,” he said.

It was said, with the new policy of the Minister of Education and Culture regarding the free learning curriculum, which was intended for the Covid-9 pandemic, the NTT BPMP continued to socialize the free learning curriculum.

According to Ponto, his party held a Technical Coordination Meeting (Rakortek), which was attended by the Heads of the Education and Culture Office and the Heads of Bappeda throughout NTT in Kupang, 19 May 2022.

“We continue to encourage them to prepare a budget, so that teachers immediately catch up with learning,” he said. It is said that his party will also provide assistance in all regencies/cities in NTT, so that lessons left behind during the Covid-19 pandemic can be restored again.

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