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The government’s plan to conduct a moratorium on the national exam (UN) produced criticism. This is because the UN has already become a mechanism to peg the national educational standards. In addition, in the last two years, the UN is no longer the sole determinant of graduation.
In West Java the Head of Cirebon City Education Agency, Jaja Sulaiman, said that the UN has become a standard to measure the education quality in schools and regencies. Even if the UN will later be transferred to the provinces, he added that it is also not appropriate because the educational facilities differ in a number of provinces.
The Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Muhadjir Effendy, during a break in the National Teacher’s Day event earlier said that the UN moratorium plan will be discussed with the President. There are three options being considered, the first is abolishing UN, the second is suspending it in 2017 to then evaluate it, and the third still run the UN with its technical execution fully conducted by local administrations.
Meanwhile, the Postgraduate Lecturer of University of Muhammadiyah Prof. Dr. Hamka Jakarta, Department of Education Research and Evaluation, Elin Driana, said that it needs other forms of university student admissions if the UN is abolished. Elin continued that Kemendikbud and Kemenristek Dikti together with other related institutions should discuss together to determine new university student selection/admissions. A single entry to national universities is needed.