Here are some important points:
- [The president's speech] was based on the assumption that lack of budget was the main issue and the main reason for the impotency of our education sector ... But such assumption was wrong ... And now the Ministry of Education was allocated a very significant proportion of the budget without a clear action plan (Daoed Joesoef).
- Other sectors are also in a need for budget; 20% is too big to be allocated for a single sector. The Ministry's current capacity to absorb and spend the budget efficiently may not be adequate. Also, 20% of the budget is very 'tempting' for many interests (Ichsan Loulembah).
- Lastly, "perhaps the Constitution is not the appropriate place to set out aspects of government economic policy in fine detail. It should be left to elected governments to determine the extent to which they involve themselves (and taxpayers) in promoting education, and the nature of such involvement. This should not be a matter of law, but of responding to the wishes of the electorate" (Ross McLeod).
There have been some indication that one of the Minstry of Education's priority is to increase the number of vocational tertiary schools. The ratio of SMK (vocational high school) to SMA (general high school) is targeted to be 70:30 in the next five years, from currently 30:70. This is not the best idea, I should argue (some colleagues are working on this issue, but I am yet to be able to quote and share the results).