Student Spirit to Study not Receding

Kompas, page 12

The government’s plan to conduct a moratorium of the national examinations (UN) did not dampen the ninth grade students (3rd year of junior high school) and senior high school students in some areas. They remain enthusiastic following the briefing on materials and problems of the subject matter which was originally tested nationally. Neni Handayani, teacher of SMAN 8 Tangerang, Banten, said there was no change in the pattern of learning/studying. For, even if the UN would be canceled, the students still have to face a series of tests, ranging from the Joint Selection for State Universities to the independent entrance examination.

Principal of SMAN 8 Tangerang Imam Supingi argues, UN moratorium does not mean there is no measure of the capacity of students or school. At each end of the learning process there is always an evaluation of all the materials. The UN is only one form, and there will definitely be an alternative evaluation.

In SMP Negeri 3 Semarang, Central Java, additional hours of lessons for grade 9 students have been implemented since last October. The time is twice a week.  Principal of SMP Negeri 3 Semarang, Eko Djatmiko said he continues to condition students to remain prepared for the end of the school year.

Meanwhile, Principal of SMP Negeri 37 Medan, North Sumatra, Sahat Marulak Nababan said his party still held enrichment to face the UN. However, the school did not add UN enrichment time outside the regular teaching hours. Teachers give UN enrichment in regular study hours. This time, they decided not to hold tutoring. In addition because there is yet to be certainty about the UN, they also do not hold UN tutoring because they had to charge fees to students and could be called illegal fees/extortion.

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