Papua Needs More Lecturers

Saturday, 05 August 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

Closed meeting to discuss development in West Papua. (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Chairman of Private Universities Coordinating for Region XIV/Papua and West Papua, Suriel S. Mofu, said that state and private universities in Papua don’t have enough lecturers. Mofu delivered the statement in a meeting with the House’s Commission X and universities in Papua lately.

He offered three alternative solutions to the issue. First, transferring lecturers from the other offices who possess the qualification of post-graduate with any major. Second, allowing walk-in interview mechanism. Third, affirmation of Papuan graduates who want to dedicate for universities in Papua.

"Therefore, we recommend to recruit Papuan bachelor graduates as civil servant candidates (CPNS), sent them to study to fill the needed lecturers' position," Mofu explained, as quoted from dpr.go.id.

Further, Mofu explained there are 60 private universities, 42 in Papua and 18 in West Papua. Of all 100 lecturers in Papua, are only 6 authentic Papuans.

Besides lacking lecturers, the House’s Commission X member Reni Marlinawati explained there are two other problems. First, no more budget for private universities’ facilities from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. Second, the allocation for scholarships got cut.

According to Reni, the budget for education in Papua should be enough. "Besides the budget from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, there is special autonomy fund worth Rp8 trillion for Papua and Rp2.4 trillion for West Papua, and the funds are provided every year," she said.

Regarding scholarship budget that got cut, she explained that 60% of budget allocation for scholarships are given to Java to develop world class university. "Therefore, 11 universities are established into State-Owned Legal Institution (BHMN) that are different with non-BHMN universities," she explained. Besides 11 BHMN universities, the rank system that reaches 107 state universities is also applied.

"To resolve the lacking state universities operational assistance (BOPTN) for Papua, it requires a comprehensive coordination between the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Finance Ministry, Research, Technology, and Higher Education Ministry, and all stakeholders in Papua and West Papua so the priority issues could be resolved immediately, both the lack of lecturers and the lack of facilities," Reni asserted. (mag)

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