Schools Strategize to Overcome Facilities Limitations

Kompas, page 12

The limitation of facilities does not dampen the enthusiasm to hold the computer-based national exam (UNBK). There are schools that ask students to bring personal laptops. There are also those that borrow the facilities of other schools. The students are still encouraged to confidently take the exam. In SMAN 34 Jakarta, for example, there were 288 students of grade XII taking the UNBK. The majority used personal laptops. Nevertheless, the school provided 32 computer backups.

Vice Principal of SMAN 34 Endang Wardiningsih said, in fact the school has 80 desktop computers. However, the school considered, if UNBK is divided into three sessions, it would cause difficulties for the school. So the school decided to conduct UNBK in one session so that supervision is easier. The computers used were the property of the students. The school only provided eight computers as servers. This decision was communicated to parents since the beginning of 2017.

In Semarang, Central Java, a number of schools borrowed facilities at other schools. This condition was experienced by 18 students of SMA Sepuluh Nopember Semarang. They were forced to take the UNBK at SMK Negeri 3 Semarang. Because, in their school, only five computers were available. Principal of SMA Sepuluh Nopember Imron said he always emphasized to students to remain serious despite their status of “riding” the exam in another school.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Education National Standards Agency (BSNP) Kiki Yuliati said BSNP with the Ministry of Education and Culture continues to collect detailed data on the implementation of UNBK as well as the paper and pencil-based UN (UNPK). All obstacles will be evaluated for improvement.

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