INDONESIA: Special scheme's growth impedes access

Students from poor families will likely find it increasingly difficult to enter state-owned universities in Indonesia in the coming years, as the number of seats offered through special entrance schemes - which require higher admission fees - are steadily increasing, writes Yuli Tri Suwarni for The Jakarta Post.

The Bandung Institute of Technology, for example, will offer 1,140 of its total 2,985 seats (or 38%) to students who pass a special entrance test this academic year. As of 2004, just 13% to 20% of seats were made available through this scheme. The Indonesian Education University makes some 80% or 3,500 of a total of 4,205 seats available through special - a marked rise from the 40% it offered in 2007.

Asep Gana Suganda, secretary of the local committee of the 2009 university entrance tests (SNMPTN) said the committee only printed 28,000 application forms because of the increasing trend of students choosing to take special entrance tests over the national test. Over 55,000 students took the regular tests in 2001, but just 28,000 took it last year.
Full report on the Jakarta Post site