The Jakarta Post
A lawmaker plans to ask the Supreme Audit Agency to examine the Education and Culture Ministry's national exam budget of Rp 600 billion (U$61 million) following the postponement of exams in 11 provinces due to printing delays.
'Technically the cause for this delay could be anything. But we need to know what the audit says, from a budget perspective. We are talking about a lot of money here,' education commission chief Asman Abnur said Monday.
He criticized the Ministry for failing to organize the exam properly. 'The government knows that students prepared hard for the exam. Some have recited 'istighotsah' (call for help) prayers while studying,' he said.
Asman suggested a committee should investigate the mess. He said legislators had visited a number of schools in Batam to check on preparations and during the exam.
Even further, he added, the lawmakers have discussed removing the exam from the education agenda.
'This hasn't been decided, but based on informal meetings, all factions agree that the exams should be ended,' said Abnur.
The exam is widely seen as inefficient, but the government insists that it is the only way to determine whether a student passes or fails.(asw/dic)
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