KPK Recommends Ministry of Education to Streamline Student Admission

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has made four recommendations to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology to streamline regulations and admission mechanism for new students through examinations organized by the university.

The Acting Spokesperson for the Prevention Section of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Ipi Maryati Kuding echoed the ministry’s commitment to improve the system or mechanism for admitting new students through these tests.

“The improvement efforts are expected to increase transparency and accountability, as well as provide prospective students with the opportunity to compete fairly and without corruption. (It is) especially for faculties that the majority (members of) the public aims for, such as medicine, engineering, economics and others,” Kuding noted.

The commission held a coordination meeting with ministry officials to discuss improvements to the admissions process for new students through a university-hosted exam on Friday, August 26.

Of the four recommendations issued, the first was that the ministry immediately carry out a limited audit of universities to assess weaknesses in the examination process organized by the university for the admission of new students.

The audit can be carried out in collaboration with the Finance and Development Supervision Agency.

According to the second recommendation, the ministry could prepare guidelines to ensure transparency and accountability in the admissions process, with stipulations on the disclosure of information on the number of seats or quotas available, indicators and criteria. .

Academic selection through testing should be done independently, through a consortium, or using other test results, as well as quota transparency for assertive groups.

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Third, the process of admitting new students through the university examination method must be done digitally. Digitizing the new student admissions process in series would bring greater and immediate clarity and transparency.

Fourth, improve oversight and encourage public participation in reporting through complaint channels, both managed by the ministry and through the JAGA campus platform (Jaringan Pencegahan Korupsi or the Prevention of Corruption) managed by the commission.

“Furthermore, the Corruption Eradication Commission sees the importance of improving existing regulations,” she noted.

She also noted that during the meeting, the commission provided some suggestions on the draft regulations of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology regarding the admission of new students for programs leading to degree and undergraduate programs in state universities, which was a revision of the Ministry’s regulation number. 6 of 2020, which was currently being processed by the ministry.

Kuding highlighted the findings of the commission’s reviews and contributions that were detailed in some of the draft papers, which included the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest, including gratification and relationships, digitization across the series of processes and standards of the university entrance examination.

It also included an affirmative meeting on the selection and the need for holistic guidance and supervision at all stages, from planning, preparation, establishing criteria and selection process to announcement. and up to the point of the rebuttal period.

The commission had recently named the rector of Lampung University, Karomani, along with three other people, as suspects of alleged corruption related to the process of admitting students to academic tests at the university.

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