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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY STILL TOP OF RI'S LIST: GOVT
Alpha Amirrachman and Irawaty Wardany, The
"Seventy percent of our vocational high schools, 30 percent of senior high schools and 20 percent of junior high schools are equipped with computer laboratories," Education Minister Bambang Sudibyo announced at the opening of the sixth International Symposium on Open, Distance and E-Learning in Kuta,
The government has also distributed television-based Televisi Edukasi equipment to some 35,198 junior high schools, and has developed thousands of programs comprising on and offline learning activities, TV broadcast materials and audio programs throughout
"Globalization has pushed the development and utilization of information and communication technology in the education sector," Bambang said.
He said experts campaigned for the use of the latest ICT needed to improve equality, quality and management of education, in a vast and archipelagic country like
"Currently, the ICT-based National Education Network has connected 1,104 spots in provinces and districts throughout
He said the government had allocated Rp 500 billion (US$54.2 million) for ICT development in high schools and junior high schools in 2008.
Despite efforts to improve ICT in the education system,
The cost of Internet access is higher in
An Indonesian communication provider can charge $108,000 for an international connection, while in
"So the government is working to close the national education gap any way it can, including speeding up the development of the national fiber-optic network," Kemal announced in a seminar on transforming education in
The national fiber-optic network, known as the Palapa Ring project, aims to provide integrated telecommunication infrastructure throughout the country.
Around 35,280 kilometers of undersea cables and 21,807 kilometers of land cables will be installed so the network can reach all 33 provinces, 440 regencies and cities.
"If infrastructure is provided and can be utilized comfortably, I believe it will evolve on its own," he said.