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Students at state-owned senior vocational school SMKN 48 Jakarta staged a demonstration yesterday, demanding the school to return their savings, which have recently been used to pay salaries of the school’s English and Mandarin teachers, and to improve transparency in its use of the education operation assistance (BOP). School principal Hasanudin confirmed that the school had to use the money raised from the students’ compulsory monthly savings to help paying the language teachers’ salaries. Students had until the beginning of the 2012 academic year paid Rp30,000 in monthly savings, the fund of which was initially earmarked for students’ end-of-year vacation. The school stopped collecting the savings in line with the free tuition program implementation.