Dear friends who concern with education,
This story is based on my colleague, whose also has the same status as me “Dosen Luar Biasa” (Special Lecturer) with by attendance salary scheme. Her daughter passed her test at SIMAK UI last semester, and she’s studying at Faculty of Engineering (Fakultas Teknik/FT), majoring in metallurgy. Her mother was so proud and happy that day because it’s rare that female student took this subject, although she had to think how to pay the admission, tuition and other administration payment.
The admission was Rp 25 million and administration + other payment Rp 600 thousand. Every semester she has to pay the tuition Rp 7.5 million, and health package (DKFM) Rp 100 thousand/semester. In total last semester she had to pay Ro 33.2 million. She felt this was too expensive for her, therefore she was asking some deduction.
First she failed to get some deduction, with the reason that she lives in an upscale area in Jakarta Pusat. She tried to explain how her family standard of living and income to the administration. They didn’t believe her. Nevertheless she didn’t give up hope and tried other ways.
Then she met the vice dean of education of FT and explained to him. He said that she had to get a recommendation letter from the dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Studies (FISIP), because she teaches under this faculty. After back and forth to complete all the inquiries, she got a 50% deduction for admission and tuition. She felt relief; at least UI gave some appreciation for 12 years of her dedication.
First semester her daughter can study smoothly until nearly the end of the semester. She saves her money for tuition Rp 3.75 million + Rp 100 thousand for DKFM .She knew that she had to ask some recommendation letter again to the dean of FISIP for the tuition deduction.
However suddenly she’s stunned to hear,”Ibu you can’t get the deduction because you’re not full time lecturer (Dosen Tetap) of UI. You’re only Special Lecturer,” the FISIP administration said.
“How come that last semester I got a deduction?”
“We made a mistake last semester, deduction is only for full time lecturer. But you don’t have to pay the remaining last semeseter tuition. But this semester you have to pay it full.”
“So I have to pay in total Rp 7.6 million including the DKFM?”
She’ so devastated to hear that.
The other alternative is she tries to find a scholarship, but scholarship will be available if the student is already on her 3rd semester, with her grade point average (GPA) at least 3.0. She just prays and hopes that her daughter will succeeded have a high GPA.
Oh bloody hell!! Every semester UI policy will change. The bottom line is: Dosen Luar Biasa is just an outsider of UI education!
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