TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim has changed the policy on distribution and the use of School Operational Assistance (BOS) funds. According to him, the use of BOS funds was made flexible as a first step to improve the welfare of honorary teachers.
Through collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Home Affairs, said Nadiem, this policy is intended as a first step to improving the welfare of honorary teachers and education staff. "The portion is up to 50 percent," he said, as quoted by the official page of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Monday, February 10, 2020.
BOS funds are Indonesian school operational assistance program for schools sourced from non-physical special allocation funds (DAK). The acceleration process of channeling BOS funds was carried out through the transfer of funds from the Ministry of Finance directly to the school account.
However, the founder of GoJek said that every school has different conditions, so the needs of each school are also different. With this policy change, the government gave autonomy and flexibility to the use of BOS funds.
Payment for honorarium teachers using BOS funds can be done with the requirement that teachers must have a Unique Number of Educators and Education Personnel (NUPTK), do not have education certification, and have been recorded in the Basic Education Data (Dapodik) before 31 December 2019.
"This is the first step to improve the welfare of honorary teachers who have been dedicated so far," said Nadiem Makarim.
This step is a part of the Merdeka Belajar policy which focuses on increasing flexibility and autonomy for principals in using BOS funds according to the different needs of schools. However, this was followed by a tightening of reporting on the use of BOS funds to be more transparent and accountable.