Nadiem Makarim: UKT Adjustment Unlikely to Affect Lower Levels

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UKT Adalah The recent announcement by Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Nadiem Makarim, has shed light on the anticipated impact of the Single Tuition Fee (UKT) tariff increase. Makarim emphasized that the adjustments are unlikely to significantly affect lower educational tiers, as outlined in Ministerial Regulation Number 2 of 2024.

During a collaborative session with the House of Representatives’ Commission X in Jakarta on Tuesday, May 21, Makarim clarified, “Our analysis suggests that the UKT policy alterations will have minimal impact on lower-tier classifications, primarily affecting intermediate and upper levels.”

Ministerial Regulation Number 2 of 2024 focuses on delineating tariff structures for the two lowest UKT groups, designated as Group I and Group II. According to Article 6, Paragraph (2) of the regulation, Group I incurs a UKT rate of Rp500,000, while Group II is set at Rp1 million per semester.

UKT Adalah Furthermore, Article 12, Paragraph (2) specifies that a minimum of 20% of new students enrolled in diploma and undergraduate programs at public universities, who are recipients of scholarships and hail from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, fall within these two UKT groups.

While public university administrators retain the authority to set UKT tariffs beyond these two groups, they must not exceed the Single Tuition Fee (BKT) rates established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology.

Public universities may levy UKT tariffs up to twice the BKT amount, but this provision applies selectively to students admitted through international class programs, cooperative pathways, recognition of prior learning, and/or foreign nationals, as stated in Article 7, Paragraph (1).

Ministerial Regulation Number 2 of 2024 further outlines the relationship between UKT and BKT, with BKT representing the overall operational costs directly associated with student learning processes within university programs. While BKT rates are determined by the Directorate General at the Ministry, UKT rates are set autonomously by each public university’s administration.

Following discussions at the House of Representatives’ Commission X session on Tuesday, May 21, parliamentary members urged the Ministry to reconsider the regulation regarding the UKT increase, citing public contention. Makarim concluded the session by expressing a commitment to further evaluate the outcomes of the parliamentary meeting.

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