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M25 spending reaches £100m

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KPK highlights inefficiency, mismanagement in preemployment card program

first_imgKPK commissioner Alexander Marwata said the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) had created a list of 1.7 million workers who were laid off during the outbreak. The commission further found that only around 143,000 of them were accepted in the preemployment card program.Read also: Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: ExpertsKPK’s deputy for corruption prevention, Pahala Nainggolan, said some of the targeted individuals were senior citizens who were not proficient in using the internet. Meanwhile, registration could only be done online.The commission suggested that authorities contact laid-off workers listed by the Manpower Ministry and the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan by telephone first, as they were the main target of the program.Alexander also questioned the Rp 30.8 billion allocated for facial recognition technology to verify participants’ identities. He recommended that the government verify identities by cross-checking participants’ citizen identification numbers with the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration rather than procure new technologies for such matters.Potential loopholesAlexander highlighted loopholes in the program as it had no control mechanism to check whether participants had really attended and finished courses.“Training institutions have already issued certificates for participants, even they may not have finished all their course packages yet,” Alexander said.Participants will also receive monthly cash assistance of Rp 600,000, regardless of whether they participated in any courses at all, potentially wasting Rp 1 million allocated for the courses.The KPK urged the government to establish a control mechanism to guarantee that participants took and finished their courses, such as by implementing interactive learning methods.Read also: Roughly 110,000 complete preemployment card courses, entitling them to cash assistancePoor courses curationThe antigraft body found after studying the list with the Indonesian Training Institute Association and the Manpower Ministry that only around 250 of 1,895 offered courses fulfilled the standards for online training.Pahala said some courses taught basic skills that did not require a class at all or necessitate face-to-face training sessions.In the study, the KPK also found that 89 percent of 327 random-picked courses were already offered free courses on other learning platforms such as prakerja.org, which was established to challenge the preemployment card program.Alexander urged the government to take out courses from the program that are being offered for free on other platforms, as well as invite more competent parties to help curate the course.Conflict of interestThe program could also present a conflict of interest, as the antigraft body found that online education platforms distributing the courses were also the ones producing the classes.For example, online education platform Pintaria offered 199 courses for preemployment card holders, 69 of which were produced by HarukaEdu, the company that owns the platform.Similarly, 117 of 277 courses offered in Ruangguru platform are also made by its subsidiary Skill Academy.“We found at least 250 problematic courses with a potential conflict of interest,” Pahala said. “It shouldn’t be like this because it weakens the curation.”Read also: ‘Preemployment card ineffective, gimmicky’, CEO participant claimsMoreover, the government picked the eight partnering companies without a proper mechanism for procuring goods and services..The KPK urged the government to remove the 250 courses that potentially have a conflict of interest. The government should also ask the legal opinion of the Attorney General’s Office regarding the procurement mechanism.Alexander said the antigraft body had handed over its recommendations to the Office of Coordinating Economic Minister and other related ministries in late-May. The KPK noted that the government had made some improvements on the program based on its suggestions, including postponing the fourth batch of new registrations.The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister also said it would provide more offline courses after the outbreak had subsided, Pahala went on to say.Topics : Each recipient can also receive Rp 1 million to pay for various up-skilling courses, ranging from marketing to fishing.Though the KPK approved of the redesign, it also found some issues related to its management and courses offered.Missing targetSince the first batch of online registrations in April, around 680,000 individuals have been accepted to the preemployment card program as of May, out of a total of 9.4 million applicants. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has found in a recent study several irregularities with the management and digital courses offered by the government’s preemployment card program.The program was initially designed as a training program to equip the unemployed and fresh graduates with new skills that would help them enter the job market. However, it was later repurposed as a combination of cash aid and training subsidy following massive layoffs across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration allocated Rp 20 trillion (US$1.4 million) to be disbursed for 5.6 million participants who will receive Rp 600,000 monthly for four months and Rp 150,000 after filling out the program’s survey.last_img read more

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Ireland’s Joshua Hill wins first international title at the McGregor Trophy

first_img19 Jul 2019 Ireland’s Joshua Hill wins first international title at the McGregor Trophy Ireland’s Joshua Hill produced some record-breaking golf on his way to winning his maiden international title at the English Boys’ Under-16 Stroke Play Championship (McGregor Trophy) at Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club in Nottingham.The 15-year-old from Galgorm Castle opened the event with a course record six-under par 64 and then shot a 72 and a 70 before coming from four shots behind to beat Scotland’s Cameron Adam with a last round of 70.The Scot went into the final round on the back of two successive rounds of 66 but dropped five shots to par on an opening nine of 40 before completing an inward nine of 35 with a birdie on the last.Hill’s four-under par 276 total saw him finish a single shot ahead of Adam and also reversed the result at last week’s Scottish Under 16 Open which Adam won in front of his home fans at Royal Burgess in Edinburgh and Hill finished third.“This is unbelievable,” said Hill. “Coming into the last round I didn’t think I had much of a chance but after 12 or 13 holes I knew I was in with a shout so I told myself to keep my head down and see what happened.“There was a lot of pressure on me for those last few holes but I managed to cope with it.“To be honest it’s all a bit of a surprise because Cameron is such a good player. I thought he’d shoot level or one over and I’d have to go really low but that’s not what happened. It just shows that you never know.”Further down the leaderboard Spain’s Eduardo De Los Rios fired seven birdies in a closing round of 67 to climb up into third place on one-under par 279. Adam’s compatriot Cameron Johnstone carded a closing round of 70 to share fourth place with England’s Rohan Miah on level par 280 while English trio Matthew Dodd-Berry, Jack Bigham and Harley Smith all finished in a share of sixth place one shot further behind.Smith also won the Jean Case Salver for the leading Under 15 player in the field in what was his first appearance in an England Golf event.The 14-year-old from The Rayleigh Club in Essex set himself up for victory with a five-under par 66 in the third round and then went on to post a 74 to finish five shots ahead of Italy’s Pietro Guido Fenoglio on one over par 281.“It has been a great day,” he said. “I shot my lowest ever round in the morning and then recovered from a bad start this afternoon to get a decent score.“This is the first year I’ve played in the big events so to win so early is incredible.“I drove the ball really well this morning which you need to do round here. It’s not a long course but you have to keep it play and that’s what I did for most of the day.”View the full results herePhoto credit: Leaderboard photography Tags: McGregor Trophylast_img read more

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