Server Problem Resolved

Media Indonesia, page 22, Wednesday, April 19

The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) gave assurance Tuesday (18/4) that there would no longer be any problems while the National Exam (UN) and the computer-based national exam were being held. According to the Head of Education Assessment Center (Puspendik) of Research and Development (Balitbang) of Kemendikbud, Nizam, his department had discerned the problems that could affect the backup UN.

Nizam stated that there were SMA and SMK 65,000 students in the country who needed to take the backup UN. This was due to the exam questions disappearing when the original SMK UN was being held. At that time, there were 10 questions of vocational theory subject that did not appear on students’ computers. This occurred mainly in 16 of the 169 vocational theory subjects that were on offer.

To avoid such a problem occurring again later, Nizam confirmed that his department had rectified this. He believed the synchronization or the download process of the UN questions had been run on Sunday (16/4). Nizam said that the problem of disappearing questions would no longer occur, because improvements had been made. In addition, there would be fewer students downloading these exam questions than in the original UN.

Nizam added that with the number participating in the backup UN being less than in the original UN, its implementation at SMA/MA and SMK levels could all be held at the same time. Yesterday, besides the backup UN, the remedial UN (UNP) for UN participants from last year and the year before who had failed to reach the minimum score (55) was also implemented. The participants were about 2,500 people in total.

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