In a recent Coffee Morning forum with students at the Universitas Al-Muslim in Bireun, Aceh, vice-presidential candidate Muhaimin Iskandar put forth a critique on the 'Kartu Prakerja' program. Known affectionately as Cak Imin, he stated that the program, while well-intentioned, indirectly inculcates an attitude of lethargy among its beneficiaries post-training.
A Shift in Funds
Representing the Anies-Muhaimin ticket for the upcoming Indonesian General Election 2024, Muhaimin suggested a radical reorientation of the funds currently allocated for the Kartu Prakerja program. His proposed alternative involves the facilitation of large-scale internship programs spanning various industries and institutions. This move, he believes, could provide a more practical and industrious approach to youth empowerment and skill development.
Boosting Education and Entrepreneurship
Furthering his agenda on youth development, Muhaimin also promised to augment financial aid for young Indonesians aspiring to study abroad. He plans to expand the spectrum of beneficiaries under the Education Fund Management Agency (LPDP). Additionally, he introduced the idea of a credit system for students intending to pursue their master's studies.
On the entrepreneurial front, Muhaimin pledged to facilitate young entrepreneurs with interest-free loans and guarantees, thereby promoting a culture of self-reliance and innovation among Indonesian youth.
The Future of Kartu Prakerja
Meanwhile, the current government, under the stewardship of Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, remains committed to the continuation of the Kartu Prakerja program in 2024. However, the program's future beyond this point seems uncertain, largely hinging on the results of the 2024 General Election.