National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) supports the government’s plan to abolish the national examination (UN) in 2017. Komnas PA considers UN to be a violation of children’s rights.
Chairman of Komnas PA, Arist Merdeka Sirait, said that his Commission has been stating their disagreement to subjecting students to UN since 2003. This rejection of UN refers to all levels from elementary school to senior high school and equivalent. Arist said that Komnas PA has always disagreed with the implementation of UN, which is used to determine students’ graduation and believes that it violates children’s rights.
From the moment Indonesia enacted the Law on National Education System, UN has become the primary requirement for the graduation of students. Komnas PA, therefore, stated that it is a form of violation conducted by the government against children in light of the Supreme Court decision in 2013 demanding an evaluation toward UN because it should not be the sole arbiter on the graduation of students.