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Optimizing the Implementation of  Special Autonomy to Provide Proper Education for the Young Generation of Papua, by Derry L.

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Derry L. | Papuan Observer

Karolin Busyara, Chairperson of the Yapen Islands Regency Dormitory Student, Jayapura city hopes that in the future, Papua’s Special Autonomy will be well managed so that it will touch the lower class society more.

Not only does she support Special Autonomy (Otsus) for Papua, but she hopes that in the future, the Otsus program and funds can be managed properly so that it will touch the community more.

She continued, in the field of education, he considered that Papuan students really needed the Special Autonomy Fund to support them in completing their studies. This funding assistance can reduce the burden on parents in financing tuition fees.

“The most basic thing is whether the increase in the amount of special autonomy funds can be more beneficial for indigenous Papuans.”

Furthermore, according to Karolin, Papua’s Otsus has been successful in bringing about big changes for Papua. Papua is currently progressing very rapidly and there are many changes in terms of infrastructure development, education, health and others.

So she hopes, with the continuation of special autonomy for Papua, in the future, the programs will be better managed and more importantly, that the supervision of special autonomy funds must be carried out properly so that the benefits can be felt directly by the community.

The increase in Papua’s special autonomy funds also needs to be accompanied by improvements in governance, allocation, planning, assistance and supervision. Member of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) RI from Papua Filep Wamafma assessed that the concept of amending the Special Autonomy Law (Otsus) in Papua and West Papua provinces has not touched the substance expected by the community.

According to him, there are still several articles in the draft revision of the Special Autonomy Law that are not in accordance with the wishes of the Papuan people who have continued to provide aspirations and encourage evaluation of the implementation of Otsus.

Furthermore, he said, the aspirations of rejection that were intensified by a number of parties in the regions, including the community, the elite, politics, traditional leaders, and community leaders, had to be evaluated by the central government. Including the issue of how maximal, effective and efficient the role of otsus is for the Papuan people.

He said the special autonomy which should protect the rights of indigenous Papuans, paying respect to Papuans had no significant impact on people’s lives or welfare. This is evidenced by the low Human Development Index.

Karolin and Filep’s statements indicate that the Papuan people have high hopes for the benefits of Papua’s Special Autonomy. The community hopes that the extension of Otsus will be accompanied by an evaluation that listens to the aspirations of the Papuan people, so that the benefits of Otsus can be widely felt.

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