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Bogor, West Java (ANTARA) - The Bogor city government has set aside Rp37 billion (around US$2,59 million) in the 2022 budget for repairs to 22 public elementary schools reportedly in a damaged state.

Head of the Bogor Municipal Education Office Hanafi informed Antara about the budget allocation plan in Bogor, Saturday, following the roof collapse incident at the Otista Public Elementary School on Otista Road 78, Bogor, Thursday (Sept 16).

The budget for repairing the collapsed Otista Elementary School is procured from the contingency budget of the Bogor's Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) 2021 budget, as ordered by Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto, Hanafi stated.

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The authority has budgeted Rp37 billion for school repairs, and the repair budget will be used for the procurement of school furniture, such as chairs, tables, and bookshelves, the education office head stated.

The municipal authority is currently finalising the data on damaged schools in Bogor before conceiving the school repair programme planned for 2022.

Elementary schools are prioritised in the repair plan as minor school pupils are more prone to being affected by damage in their school, Hanafi stated.

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The repairs to junior high schools will be conducted during the next repair phase, while senior and vocational high schools do not fall within the jurisdiction of the city government, but rather under the provincial government's jurisdiction, he explained.

He stated that the education office had earlier accrued data on the damage in Bogor public schools while admitting that the COVID-19 pandemic had stalled the process and the planning for the repair.

"The 2020 and 2021 regional budgets are amended to reallocate several budgets for COVID-19 handling purposes. As the 2022 budget did not need to be refocused for COVID-19 handling, we are ready to allocate Rp37 billion for school repairs," Hanafi stated.

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Translator: Linna S/Budi S, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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