Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Muhadjir Effendy said the government will begin implementing the zoning system in the new student admissions starting academic year 2017/2018. In that system there should be no students not accepted in a school, whatever the reason.
He said it addresses students from hunting for admission to favorite schools far from where they live or out of their areas. Muhadjir said all schools should now be favorites. Zoning could overcome the emergence of favorite schools.
According to him, previously the admissions of new students in state schools uses the highest scores derived from the score of pure learning evaluation (NEM). As a result, many favorite schools appeared which have a negative impact, such as students vying to enter favorite schools, so that many of the less favorite schools are short of pupils.
To that end, the government will change the new admissions system using NEM or grade to be based on zoning, so that all state and private schools are obliged to accept new students who enter the zoning radius.
Muhadjir added to implement the zoning system, the role of School Principal Working Deliberation/Committee (MKKS), ranging from primary (SD) to high school (SMA) is needed because it will set the quota of the respective schools in their zones.