Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Jakarta provincial government has set aside Rp2.3 trillion in funds to build 10 new vocational schools and renovate 137 school buildings this year.

"The construction of 10 vocational schools and the renovation of 137 school buildings will cost Rp2.3 trillion," acting chief of the Jakarta provincial education office Bowo Irianto said in a short message text on Friday.

The 10 new vocational schools are needed since only 63 of 590 vocational schools in the capital belong to the government, while the rest is run by private institutions, he said.

"The construction of the 10 new vocational schools is in line with the strategic activities and the vocational school revitalization program in the capital," he said.

The construction of the vocational schools and the renovation of school buildings must be completed this year. The extension of project time will be allowed if it meets terms and condition.

"Hopefully, the contracts could be signed early May at the latest," he said.

Reporting by Ricky Prayoga, Suharto

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