Seven Students Vie for One PTN Seat

Koran Sindo, page 2

The competition for state university (PTN) seats this year ran quite tightly. One seat at the PTN is at least vied for by seven students. The number of applicants of State Higher Education Entrance Joint Selection (SBMPTN) 2017 totaled 797,738 students. They vie for 12,085 seats. Minister of Research and Technology Higher Education (Menristekdikti) Mohmmad Nasir said competition for seats in SMPTN is indeed tight.   Namely with the quota of 128,085, one seat will be vied for by seven people.

Menristekdikti explained all study programs have quite high interest. Starting from the faculty of medicine, engineering, animal husbandry, social sciences, management to law. Conditions indicate that PTN is still the main choice of students in Indonesia.

Nasir said that the implementation of SBMPTN this year is relatively better than in previous years. This can be seen from the lack of reports of problems from local committees (panlok) of SBMPTN organizers from various regions, such as the use of jockeys or question leakage.

2017 SBMPTN Committee Chairman Ravik Karsidi said there is an increase in SBMPTN 2017 participants with the number of participants reaching 797,738. This condition is inseparable from the addition of registration time for SBMPTN enthusiasts given by the committee. Ravik explained the addition of participants was meant to accommodate the high number of enthusiasts from the frontier, outermost, and disadvantaged (3T) areas at the final closing seconds. The committee served participants from 3T areas offline.

Ravik said this increase in the number of registrants is also triggered by the use of SBMPTN scores as one of the references for independent exam selection for those who have not passed SBMPTN.  According to him, there are many rectors already agreeing to this system, but the only difference is the percentage.

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