SNMPTN Chairman: Indonesia’s Education Declining

Suara Pembaruan, page 19

Recently, the Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said his party would conduct a review of the implementation of the national exam (UN) for the future, the UN does not need to be done every year, if the aim is only for mapping. Because the results of the mapping of the UN had in fact not been utilized, whereas the funds allocated was in excess of Rp 500 billion. In response, Chairman of the State Higher Education Entrance National Selection (SNMPTN) Committee Prof Rochmat Wahab said that the policy is an education setback. The reason is Indonesia’s education does not have a national standard. In this case, the students do not have the motivation to learn and the teachers do not have targets that need to be met.

Rochmat explained the Final Semester Examination (UAS) cannot be used as a reference to assess the ability of learners. Many schools manipulate it in order to maintain the good name of the school. This is known based on the UN results received by the SNMPTN and SBMPTN committees. It is noted that many schools have an average UN result of 6.5. While the UAS average target is 8.5.

Thus, when the universities decided test results became one of the requirements of SNMPTN, then the UN results are used, not UAS; since the UN is considered more consistent. Furthermore, regardless of the function of the UN for state university entrance requirement, UN still plays a major role in shaping the educational standard.

Furthermore, Rochmat also questioned if there is no UN, how would the government improve the curriculum? Because curriculum improvement requires reference and the UN results become one of such references to determine the standard of education in the classroom. Starting from the subject matter, to the readiness of teachers in facing technological advances.

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