Ruangguru tutor demands removal of her course from preemployment card program

first_imgSkill Academy did not ask for her permission before adding the course to the program, she said, explaining that she and the platform initially agreed to include the course in a separate paid program.“I don’t mind if the users pay with their own money. However, it’s different if a user pays with the preemployment card. We all know the program has been under public scrutiny as it uses the state budget.”Prita said the journalism course was produced between November and December last year before Ruangguru was named a partner in the government’s program.The preemployment card program involves 223 training institutions and provides more than 2,000 courses through eight online platforms including Skill Academy, Tokopedia, Bukalapak and Sisnaker.The government has allocated Rp 20 trillion to cover around 5.6 million people in the program.Eligible participants will each receive Rp 1 million for online training costs, Rp 2.4 million in incentives for four months, which will only be disbursed if a participant completes a course, and Rp 150,000 if they complete a survey. (aly)Topics : A television journalist and tutor at homegrown online tutoring platform Ruangguru has called on Skill Academy, the platform’s subsidiary, which has partnered with the government over the latter’s preemployment card program, to remove her journalism course from the program.The journalist, Prita Kusumaputri, made the demand after another journalist, Agustinus Edy Kristianto, submitted a Facebook post recounting his experience in trying the journalism course. Agustinus criticized the platform for how it easily issued a certificate for the course, which is not supervised by the Press Council or other credible journalism institutions.“The course was initially made to share basic knowledge on journalism. [Its inclusion in the pre-employment card program] has made it so that it deviated from its initial purpose,” Prita said on Friday as quoted by also: ‘Preemployment card ineffective, gimmicky’, CEO participant claimsShe said she felt uncomfortable knowing her course was included in a course package designed for preemployment card beneficiaries as she believed her course was not what people needed during the COVID-19 outbreak.last_img read more

Local buyers lead the way at mega-auction event

first_imgPictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamBidding on the property inched upwards before the Parzatkas took it from the underbidder by just $1000, for $1.256 million.Mrs Parzatka said she had an eye on a few properties she had viewed in the lead-up to The Event, but was ultimately attracted to the Isle of Capri home for its weekly rental return of $1250. “We bought it as an investment property,” said Mrs Parzatka, who lives in an apartment in Surfers Paradise with her family. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamBernadette Parzatka and husband Henry were among several buyers on the day who “stood fairly firm” to successfully outbid their competition.The Parzatkas snapped up a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at Isle of Capri. “I think from watching all the reality TV shows … we know the tricks,” Mrs Parzatka said. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Buyers Henry and Bernadette Parzatka with their daughters Brooke (left) and Zoe. Picture Mike BatterhamA MIX of local and interstate buyers engaged in frenzied bidding as Ray White Surfers Paradise Group cleared a whopping $35.4 million worth of sales at a mega-auction yesterday.A crowd of about 1000 people, including more than 170 registered bidders, crammed into the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Benowa to be part of the agency’s legendary annual The Event auction. Ray White’s The Event at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. Picture: Mike BatterhamWhile the $35.4 million worth of deals confirmed at time of going to press was impressive, that figure is expected to climb further in coming days and weeks as sales are finalised.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We’re likely to see the momentum from this auction continue into the next month or so,” Mr Bell said.“We’re expecting to secure sales for a number of properties passed in over the weekend over the coming weeks.” Bidding frenzy. Picture Mike BatterhamThe highest price paid under the hammer yesterday was $1.4 million for 360 acres at 126 Blacks Rd, Kingsholme.However a Xanadu North penthouse at Main Beach sold for more than $5 million ahead of The Event.There were also some great buys for eagle-eyed bargain hunters, with a Southport unit snapped up for a mere $132,000. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamMrs Parzatka has bought property through auction before, but said The Event was the largest of its kind and that she would recommend it to other buyers.“It is a bit scary … you just have to be careful not to get caught up in the action,” she said. Auctioneer Andrew Bell in action. Picture Mike BatterhamRay White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the success of the auction showed confidence in the Gold Coast economy remained strong.“The strong contingent of local buyers was the big surprise of the day,” Mr Bell said.“The other was the strength of bidding for properties around the $1 million to $1.5 million mark.“Together they are an indicator of the strength of the local economy and the confidence of local buyers in their home market.“The other notable trend is the return of the holiday home market, particularly from Sydney.”last_img read more