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Bali Aims to Lead the Nation in Education

Bali's Governor Seeks to Introduce 12 Years of Compulsory Education, 3 Years More than the Current Requirement Nationwide.

(5/15/2010) Bali's provincial government is targeting to introduce 12 years of compulsory schooling for the island's youth, even though nationwide a mere 9 years of compulsory education is the norm.

Governor Made Mangku Pastika told Beritabali.com on May 8, 2010, his desire to introduce 12 years of education in Bali is intended to increase both the quality of education and the quality of the Balinese people. This is in keeping with current efforts to enhance the educational curriculum at grade schools and junior high schools in Bali through the introduction of e-learning and IT-based computer-driven methodologies.

The governor explained how high schools were first in line to receive computers and IT technologies with plans to extend the program to all grade schools in the near future.

As required by law, governor Pastika's administration allocates 20% of the provinces budget for the support of education.

The governor said that the challenge of providing education for the Balinese is not merely aiming to increase quality but also the need to equalize the access to educational opportunities in all corners of Bali.