The government started a discourse on abolishing the national exam in 30 percent of schools with academic scores of above the average national standard. This was conveyed by Minister of Education and Culture (Education) Muhadjir Effendy after meeting Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) in the office of the Vice President. Muhadjir considers schools that have academic scores of above the national average do not need to follow the national exam. Exemption from the national exam is done to give appreciation to those schools.
He said the modification of national exam implementation is one step in policy evaluation. Because according to him, the function of the national exam is as mapping of the academic scores of schools throughout Indonesia. Thus, it can be seen which schools have exceeded the national standard scores.
Later, there should be treatment, handling of the schools that have not exceeded the standards. Remedial measures towards schools that have not exceeded these standard scores can be done by improving the quality of teachers. In addition, improving the quality of laboratories rated inadequate could also be improved by reforming/ conducting upgrading.
Furthermore, the abolition of national exams in 30 percent of schools is also conducted to save the government budget. The budget would later be used for quality improvement in other schools whose academic scores have not exceeded the national standard scores. Nevertheless, enforcement of this discourse still needs to be consulted with various parties.