UNBK Still Facing Technical Problems

Republika, page 5

The implementation of the Computer-Based National Exam (UNBK) of Senior High School still faced various technical problems. The Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) that established the complaint center for UNBK of SMA received several complaints relating to such technical problems.

Sekjen of FSGI, Retno Listyarti, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (11/4), said that, the reports received related to such technical matters as the power going off, students being late to login, as well as the provision of computer facilities. FSGI also received a report in regard to the main server which was affected by a virus. This happened at one of the schools in North Jakarta. Even though the exam was started within 15 minutes, there were problems with the server resulting from a damaged VGA. It was not until almost 10.00 WIB that the problems were finally resolved.

According to Retno, another problem was in regard to the students’ computers accidentally shutting down. This happened in Jakarta, Aceh, Medan, Padang, Batam, Garut, Mataram and Bima. Even though, the students were a little panicked in the beginning, they finally got new tokens and could continue with the exam. Moreover, their previous answers remained because these had been automatically saved.

Meanwhile, the provision of the computer facilities was still the most serious problem and occurred in several regions, such as

Purwakarta and Gorontalo. In Purwakarta Regency, a lot of headmasters were stressed and sick. This was because they were responsible and had themselves to pay for the procurement of computer facilities in their schools.

The Governor of Purwakarta, Dedi Mulyadi, said that although the central government required the UNBK to be implemented, this was without considering the actual situation in the regions. IN his area, for example, he found that not all schools had computers or laptops that met the requirements. Therefore, to meet the demands for computer facilities in their schools, the headmasters had to buy, rent, or borrow the required computers.

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