Study not On Time, 142 Papuan Students Abroad Repatriated – The Papua Provincial Government will repatriate 142 students studying abroad. This was done because hundreds of students did not finish college on time.

A Head of the Papua Province Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM), Aryoko AF Rumaropen, said that the return of the students was based on the evaluation of the Papua Provincial Government as long as the students were studying at home and abroad.

“So based on the evaluation, there are 145 Papuan students who did not accomplish their studies at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels as stipulated in the scholarship recipient’s decision,” he said on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

According to Aryoko, before students take education, there are provisions that are notified to students receiving scholarships so that they can finish their education on time. This was stated in the initial agreement during the scholarship selection process.

“Those who were sent home, on average, exceeded the study period of more than six years and some even took nine to ten years,” he said.

He explained that apart from exceeding the time limit, another thing that made the Papuan government stop scholarships was that students had legal problems. Aryoko considered this to be outrageous and beyond the limits of tolerance. “For that we must return home,” he said again.

He added that the next step was that the Papuan Provincial Government would coordinate with the embassy and representatives of these students to return them to Indonesia in order to arrange for the continuation of their studies. “We regret this condition, but because the time period has been over time and it is impossible to finance it again,” he said. Meanwhile, those Papuan students have studied in the United States, Britain, Australia, and a number of other countries.

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