Government Issued Ministerial Regulation for Distant Learning Program

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SERANG, presidentpost.id –Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir, issued Ministerial Regulation on distant learning program.

Nasir hopes that with distant learning program, people will easily access education and can increase the gross enrollment rate of national higher education.

In addition, distant learning program is also encouraged in order to improve the quality of domestic education.

“Hopefully I can improve the number of our work participation better, the quality of education is better, the flexibility of higher education is better, quality assurance is better,” he said in Serang, Banten, Wednesday (9/26).

Minister Nasir said that the gross enrollment rate of higher education was still at 31.5 percent. He also hopes that distant learning will contribute to increasing of national gross enrollment rates.

“At least (with distant learning program), it can be increased to 50 percent by 2022. With this technology we develop. It doesn’t need physical infrastructure,” he said.

He said that the government also continued to build telecommunications network infrastructure such as the construction of fiber optics. For this reason, universities must utilize technology and encourage the development of infrastructure for distant learning program.

“The cost is extraordinarily economical, students who pay expensive tuition fees will drop dramatically with this technology but the quality is maintained,” he said.

Previously, Nasir said learning in the network (online) or distant learning could cut tuition fees by half or 50 percent.

“With this ‘distant learning program’ lecture, tuition fees can be reduced by 50 percent. For example, if the current tuition is Rp 5 million then with this program, it can be Rp 2.5 million because with lectures like this it does not need a place and also do not have to face to face,” he said.

The distant learning program is a policy to answer the needs of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 era. One of the applications of distant learning program implementation is building a cyber-university for online learning.