A total of 1.4 million madrassa students will follow the national exam. They comprise over 1,015,179 students of grade IX Madrasah Tsanawiyah (MTs) and 423,801 students of grade XII Madrasah Aliyah (MA). Director of Madrassa Curriculum, Facilities, Institutional, and Student Affairs (KSKK) M. Nur Kholis Setiawan said the implementation of the UN for MTs and MA are held at different times.
According to Nur Kholis, when compared with the previous year, this year’s MTs UN participants nationally increased by 4.08 percent. There is a greater increase of participants of MA UN, which reached 13.62 percent.
Nur Kholis said the same as last year, this year the implementation of UN Madrasah also uses two (2) models, namely: Computer-Based National Examination (UNBK) and the Paper and Pencil Based National Examination (UNKP) or PBT (Paper Based Test). UNBK implementation UNBK was enforced by the Ministry of Education and Culture since 2015.
However, the Ministry of Religious Affairs only implemented in 2016 and 2017. “In 2017, UNBK will be held at 465 state MTs with 97,281 students and 1,585 private MTs with 109,004 students. For Madrasah Aliyah, UNBK will be followed by 94,963 students from 470 MAN, as well as 186,999 students out of 1,888 private MA. There are four MTs subjects (mapel) to be tested, namely: Indonesian, English, Mathematics and Science (Natural Sciences). MA UN also tests the four subjects, namely: Indonesian, English, Mathematics and subjects in line with specialization.