Government sets priority to develop human resources

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government has set a development priority to improve human resources in the coming five years, a senior minister stated.

"The development of human resources is important, so the target is the two relevant sectors of education and health," Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated on Wednesday.

According to Pandjaitan, the government will allocate 20 percent of the state budget for development of the education sector. In the meantime, the state budget allocation for the health sector will account for some five percent.

"The budget allocation for education will be directed at building polytechnics and vocational schools, as currently, the numbers are very small," the minister revealed.

Pandjaitan said that in five years, the government will build massive polytechnic schools.

"Alike infrastructure development, we will also build massive polytechnics," Pandjaitan stated.

The coordinating minister for maritime affairs further noted that in addition to increasing the capacity of human resources, the government will continue with the development of infrastructure, bureaucratic and legal reforms, and industries having added value.

In the health sector, the government is committed to reducing the rate of stunting.

"Indonesia is a vast country, and it is certainly not easy to solve the problem of stunting in a short time," Pandjaitan noted.

"Stunting," or chronic malnutrition, is common among children in their growing years.

Symptoms of stunting usually arise due to low access to health services, clean water, and nutritious food.

Source: ANTARA News

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