Preemployment card management defends program amid criticism

first_imgThe program, aimed at helping people whose job or small business has been hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, has come under public scrutiny because it partners with online learning platform Skill Academy, linked to a former staffer of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.Read also: Conflict of interest? Public questions government’s relationship with start-upsEducation technology company Ruangguru, the parent company of Skill Academy, is led by Adamas Belva Devara, who previously served on the President’s millennial expert staff. As a result of the controversy, he resigned from his post on April 21.The program management has also been mired in controversies related to its lack of transparency in appointing the partners, as it already partnered with eight platforms when it was launched on April 11. Apart from Skill Academy, the partners include e-commerce firms Bukalapak and Tokopedia, as well as start-ups Pintaria and Sekolahmu, among others. The management of the preemployment card, a government-funded unemployment benefit and skills training program, has defended the program following public criticism over conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency, with a spokesman pointing out that the program was “direct assistance” that did not involve procurement of goods and services.The management’s director of communications, partnerships and ecosystem development Panji Ruky said on Monday that the government had determined that his office did not procure any goods or services from its eight existing partners. The decision was made based on consultations with government agencies and ministries, including the National Public Procurement Agency (LKPP).“It is essentially direct assistance,” Panji told an online briefing on Monday. “There is noncash assistance in terms of aid for online courses and cash assistance in terms of incentives to the recipients.” If the program qualified as goods or services procurement, Presidential Regulation No. 16/2018 on the procurement of goods and services stipulates that it would need to be carried out in a transparent manner.The program is now open to any organizations wanting to become a partner, as long as they meet the requirements, such as operating on a national scale, having the necessary information and technology systems and partnering with training institutions, said Panji.“We are open to all parties, there is no special way [to partner with the program], no limit on the number of partners or any specific preferences,” he added.Offering over 2,000 online courses, more than 8 million applicants had registered for the program to receive the Rp 3.5 million benefit as of Monday.Topics :last_img read more

Men’s tennis: Badgers show glimpses of greatness in loss to Michigan

first_imgWisconsin men’s tennis was reminded that it still has to continue improving after splitting this weekend’s matches against No. 21 Michigan and Michigan State.Coming off two losses on the road the weekend prior, the results are a step up. But with only four matches remaining in the regular season, No. 44 Wisconsin (14-3 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) would surely like to cap off a prolific season with higher seeding in postseason tournaments.Men’s tennis: Badgers blanked in back to back matchesUniversity of Wisconsin men’s tennis was blanked this weekend in consecutive matches, but by no means is its season in Read…The Badgers will remain at home this weekend, welcoming No. 33 Penn State Friday and No. 5 Ohio State Sunday to the Nielsen Tennis Center with a tough, hard-fought loss to Michigan in the back of their minds.Wisconsin 7 – Michigan State 0Friday night was a good one for the Badgers, who allowed the Spartans to take only two sets during the match.Doubles play breezed through, with the first pairing of Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy winning 6-1, followed by Chema Carranza/Jakhongir Jalalov taking their match 6-3.With the doubles point secured, Wisconsin never took its foot off the pedal.Remy, Alexander Kokorev, Osgar O’Hoisin and Carranza each won in in straight sets, while Dodridge and John Zordani each narrowly lost sets. Dodridge dropped his second set 5-7, while Zordani dropped his second 6-7 by way of a 7-5 tiebreaker.Singles:Dodridge (UW) def. Mac Roy (MSU), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2Remy (UW) def. Michael Dube (MSU), 6-3, 6-2Kokorev (UW) def. Jasper Koenen (MSU), 6-1, 7-5O’Hoisin (UW) def. Alexander Kim (MSU), 6-2, 6-4Carranza (UW) def. Billy Shisler (MSU), 6-3, 6-2Zordani (UW) def. Ivan Rakic (MSU), 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 1-0 (10-4)Doubles:Dodridge/Remy (UW) def. Roy/Dube (MSU), 6-1Carranza/Jalalov (UW) def. Koenen/Shisler (MSU), 6-3Mackenzie/Zordani (UW) vs. Kim/Rakic (MSU), 4-3, unfinishedOrder of finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (5, 2, 4, 3, 1, 6)Michigan 5 – Wisconsin 2After handedly beating Michigan State, Wisconsin looked poised to carry its momentum into Sunday afternoon, and in many ways the team did.After Carranza/Jalalov were quickly dispatched 6-2, Darius Mackenzie/Zordani brought the Badgers to within striking distance with a 6-3 win on court 3. But Michigan’s first doubles paring, ranked No. 73 in the country, took down Dodridge/Remy 6-4 despite their late charge.In singles play, both Remy and Kokorev lost in straight sets. Remy’s valiant effort resulted in a narrow (6-4, 6-4) defeat to No. 81 Jathan Malik at the second spot, which marked his third appearance this season at the position, where he is 2-1.Dodridge also hung around in his match, but ultimately fell (6-3, 0-6, 6-1) in the third set to No. 104 Alex Knight. The sophomore was not the only Badger to fall in three sets, as O’Hoisin rallied from a 4-6 first set loss to take the second 6-2, but lost the third 4-6.Despite the bad luck up to that point in three-set matches, Carranza, after taking his first set 7-6 (7-1) and dropping the second 0-6, rallied behind his teammates cheering around his court to win the third 6-4. The win pushed the sophomore one win past O’Hoisin as the team’s leader with a 14-2 record this spring.Mackenzie, a fellow sophomore, rounded out the afternoon with a straight-set win on court six. His (6-4, 7-6 (7-2)) victory was also his first-career Big Ten win.Singles:No. 104 Knight (MICH) def. Dodridge (UW), 6-3, 0-6, 6-1No. 81 Malik (MICH) def. Remy (UW), 6-4, 6-4Carter Lin (MICH) def. Kokorev (UW), 6-1, 6-2Runhao Hua (MICH) def. O’Hoisin (UW), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4Carranza (UW) def. Davis Crocker (MICH), 7-6 (7-1), 0-6, 6-4Mackenzie (UW) def. Myles Schalet (MICH), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)Doubles:No. 73 Knight/Hua (MICH) def. Dodridge/Remy (UW), 6-4Malik/Gardiner (MICH) def. Carranza/Jalalov (UW), 6-2Mackenzie/Zordani (UW) def. Schalet/Cuba (MICH), 6-3Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (3, 2, 6, 1, 5, 4)last_img read more