Indonesia scraps national exams due to outbreak

  • Indonesia
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Indonesia’s government and house of representatives agreed to cancel national exams for elementary and secondary school students amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Syaiful Huda, chairman of House Commission X overseeing education, said on Monday night that the decision was made in a teleconference between lawmakers and education and culture minister Nadiem Makarim on the same day.

“The spread of the Covid-19 is expected to occur until April, so it is impossible for us to force students to gather for the national exam under the threat of the pandemic.

“Therefore, we agreed that the national exam will not be administered, ” the National Awakening Party (PKB) politician said.

The national exam for high school students was supposed to run next week, while junior high and elementary school were scheduled for the end of April.

Syaiful added that there were several options the government and lawmakers were looking at to replace the national exam, one of which was to use assessments based on cumulative grades on report cards from three years of study for high school and junior high students, as well as six years of study for elementary students. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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