UNBK SMA/MA Implementation Runs Smoothly with Notes

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The government declared the first day of implementation of the national exam (UN) of the senior high school (SMA) /Madrasah Aliyah (MA) level to generally run smoothly. This was expressed by the Inspector General of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) Daryanto.

Nevertheless, there are still some notes, ranging from the limited number of computers to concerns related to electricity/power supply.   Daryanto said, on the first day of UN SMA/MA there were 46 public complaints which include criticisms and suggestions on organizing the UNBK, question leakage with the circulation of answer keys, to disruption of the electrical system.

Daryanto ensured that the government will follow up on all issues related to the UN to completion. The government set up five command centers, namely the National Education Standards Agency (BNSP), Research and Development, as well as the Bureau of Communications and Community Services (BKLM).

BKLM head Ari Santoso said BKLM received reports about 98 technical constraints during the implementation of UNBK.   However, he added, the figure is small compared to the number of schools that follow the UN which reached over 30 thousand.

Meanwhile, BNSP Secretary Kiki Yuliati said, some regions reported administration problems of UN organization.  This was due to the incomplete transfer of school authority from the regency/city to the province.

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