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Jakarta to provide ‘smart cards’ to poor students

Indonesia’s capital city will be distributing an estimated 3000 “smart cards” to the city’s underprivileged students on 5 November, 2012 as part of new Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo’s campaign promise to make sure no child is unable to go to school beca...


According to Jakarta Education Agency Chief Taufik Yudi Mulyanto, the “smart card” works like an ATM card where students would have to enter their PIN so they can withdraw money to cover their personal expenses. As part of the program, 10,766 senior high school and vocational school students will each receive Rp 240,000 (US$24) per month for one year to cover school related expenses such as transportation, food, clothing, textbooks and other school materials.

Taufik added that the city administration is currently conducting a survey in the city’s five municipalities to identify the recipients of the “smart cards” and to formulate an effective distribution mechanism in those areas once the program is extended to cover students in both elementary and junior high school by 2013.

Apart from leveraging “smart cards” for education, the city is also planning to distribute health cards so that the city’s poor can seek medical attention at local community health care centres and as well as third-class service at public and private hospitals in Jakarta without fear of an expensive medical bill.

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