UNBK for SMA still Facing Problems

Koran Sindo, page 2

The implementation of Computer-Based National Exam (UNBK) is still facing problems. These were found in a number of regions including in Surabaya. Tens of students of   SMA 17 Agustus 1945 (Smatag) Surabaya had to wait for 45 minutes to start the UNBK process. This was due to the schools having to reinstall the server for the computer network that went off accidentally.

This same problem also occurred in SMA Negeri 1 Ngemplak, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta. On the first day of the exam, the implementation of UNBK in this school was postponed for around 30 minutes because the school server accidentally went off. The head of SMAN 1 Ngemplak, Basuki Jaka Purnama, expected that there would be no more technical problem on the second to last days. This was to avoid the students’ psychological tensions, because they were late in answering the questions.

Meanwhile, the member of Ombudman RI, Ahmad Suaedy, said that the UNBK for SMA ran smoothly even though there were reports relating to the electricity and the internet. The electricity matters should be coordinated to PLN from the beginning. Therefore, no more power outage should occur while the students were taking the exam.

He also added that there should have been alternative choices in regard to the internet network and the computer availability from the beginning. He felt disappointed if schools were being forced to implement the UNBK even though they did not meet the requirements in terms of the infrastructure. This was because of their desire to be considered as an advanced school.

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