Gradual Abolition of National Examinations (UN) Supported

Republika, page 5

The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) came up with a discourse on the idea of a gradual abolition of national examinations (UN). One way is by holding UN not annually.

Education observer from Paramadina University, Andreas Tambah, supported the idea because the UN was no longer used as a determinant of graduation and has created a monotonous learning system and also required a large budget. He proposed in the selection to a higher level (of education) for children who are certain to choose a private school there is no need to follow the UN.

In addition to organizing the non-annual UN, Kemendikbud also proposed the abolition of national exam implementation in 30 percent of schools with academic scores of above the average national standard. Meanwhile, for those schools that have not exceeded national standards, there would be an improvement in the quality of teachers and other reforms.

Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy said that Kemendikbud will set school final examinations (UAS) as UN replacement. Despite fears of potential mark-up in examination scores, the implementation of UAS is also intended to test the school’s integrity.

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