Student Want Govt to End National Exams

The Jakarta Post, page 4

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Sianturi, in his final year at SMAN 8 senior high school in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, said he believed the national exam was unnecessary if it was only measure the quality of schools. It is said the national exam scores are used as requirements to enter state universities, but the scores are actually not a determining factor. The national exam does not affected admission into universities.

Education and Cultural Minister Muhadjir Effendy said previously the ministry has decided to suspend the implementation of the national exam at all educational levels starting next year, pending presidential instruction issued by Presiden Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

Hamdany Salsabil, a 15-year-old students in his final year at SMPN 3 junior high school in Gamping, Sleman, Yogyakarta, said he welcomed the decision by the ministry but said the government had to change the current system in which national exam scores are used to enter senior high school.

During a visit to Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Friday, Jokowi claimed that the ministry’s decision would be deliberated in meeting involving a number of ministers and stakeholder to decide on steps to improve the quality of education in the country.

Muhadjir said imposing a moratorium on national exams was aimed at implementing one the aspects of Jokowi’s political agenda called Nawacita, stipulating that the exams would not be used as a gauge for evaluating the country’s education system. In the absence of the national exams, which are overseen by the Educational and Cultural Ministry, Muhadjir said exams would be carried out by regional administrations based on the division of labor related to education management.

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