Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Ministry has prepared five assistance programs for vocational high schools this year as part of quality assurance for the Merdeka Curriculum and Assessment.

"There are five main assistance programs in the quality assurance for the Merdeka Curriculum and Assessment to realize the transformation of vocational education in Indonesia," director of vocational high schools (SMK) at the ministry, Wardani Sugiyanto, informed in a statement issued here on Friday.

The five programs are the SMK Student Competency Certification, Industry-Based Vocational Learning, Regular Factory-Based Teaching, Factory-Based Teaching in the Framework of Making Impact, and Assistance for the Development of Creative and Entrepreneurial Projects.

The SMK Student Competency Certification is targeted at 85 thousand SMK students. A budget of Rp42.5 billion or US$2.7 million has been prepared for it.

The certification aims to ensure that SMK graduates are recognized by the industry, both domestically and internationally.

Registration for the certification program will remain open from January 31 to March 9, 2024.

Meanwhile, the Industry-Based Vocational Learning program is a learning model designed by the business and the industrial world to develop the special skills demanded of vocational graduates.

The program, which has a budget of Rp2.5 billion or around US$160 thousand, will target 25 vocational high schools. Registrations for the program will take place from January 31 to May 4.

Meanwhile, the Regular Factory-Based Teaching program will provide project-based learning to help participants produce products/services that can be absorbed by the industry. Registrations for the program will be open from January 31 to March 6. A total budget of Rp7.5 billion or around US$480 thousand has been prepared for the program.

The Factory-Based Teaching in the Framework of Making Impact, with a budget allocation of Rp265 billion or US$16.9 million, is targeted at vocational high schools that have implemented factory-based learning or schools that have actively made products/services with a stable turnover.

Meanwhile, the Creative and Entrepreneurial Projects program aims to grow students' entrepreneurship skills. This budget for the program is Rp12 billion or around US$767 thousand.

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