14 students with HIV expelled from school in Indonesia

Kyodo News

Posted at Feb 14 2019 10:24 PM

Fourteen students with HIV have been expelled from a public elementary school in Indonesia following demands from parents of other students, the school's headmaster and a local group that assists HIV-infected children said Thursday.

Karwi, headmaster of the Purwotomo Public Elementary School in the town of Solo in Central Java Province, said the students have not been allowed to attend the school since last week.

"The parents of other students are worried that the students would transmit the disease to their children," said Karwi, who likes many Indonesians goes by a single name.

Explanations from the school on how HIV is transmitted failed to convince the parents, who threatened to move their own children to another school if the school did not expel them.

The students had studied there since early last month after their previous Bumi Public Elementary School was combined with the Purwotomo school.

Puger Mulyono, founder of nongovernmental organization Lentera Foundation that shelters and otherwise assists children with HIV, said that in the previous school, the students did not face any problems, even though parents of other students knew they were HIV carriers.

The Solo Education Agency are now looking for another school for the students.