The Jakarta Post
JAKARTA: About 22 percent of the 540,593 students who took the national test for state universities (SNMPTN) passed the exam this year, National Education Ministry officials reported.
“There was an increase of 92,511 participants admitted to the universities this year, which relates to a greater number of seats available,” the ministry’s directorate general of higher education, Djoko Santoso, said Tuesday.
He also reported 808 empty seats at state universities after the tests this year, down from a total of 4,173 seats in 2010.
The national tests’ committee head Herry Suhardiyanto said 154,954 participants, or 29 percent, had grades above the national average but still did not make it.
“Many smart students did not pass the tests,” he said.
Herry said this was because many chose competitive majors at the universities.