The Jakarta Post
Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan has said that no Indonesian child, including those with disabilities, will be discriminated against in the implementation of national examinations (UN).
'The implementation of UN in this school has proven that no Indonesian children are discriminated against,' he said as quoted by Antara news agency during an impromptu inspection at a senior high school for children with disabilities, SMALB B 01 Jakarta, Monday.
Anies said the UN were conducted for all Indonesian students, including children with disabilities.
'I pray for you all that you will be able to work on the exams well. Are you ready for the UN?' he asked a group of deaf students sitting the exam, with a teacher acting as an interpreter.
In the dialogue with the minister, ten students with disabilities sitting the UN said they were ready for the first day of exams, covering the core subject of Indonesian.
A UN participant, Fitria, said she wanted to pursue her higher education at university after graduating from senior high school.
SMALB B 01 Jakarta schoolmaster Ratmartini said that like in mainstream schools, the UN at the school would last for two hours.
'What will be different is the difficulty level of question materials,' she said, adding that all of the school's students passed the UN in 2014.
Unlike last year's exams, according to the Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Ministry, the 2015 UN will no longer determine the graduation of a student.
In 2015, the UN are being conducted using a computer-based testing (CBT) system in 585 senior high schools (SMA) and other schools at the same level, namely vocational schools (SMK) and Madrasah Aliyah (MA) Islamic senior high schools, as well as junior high schools (SMP) in regions across the country.
Regular or paper-based exams for SMA and SMK students will be conducted from April 13 to April 15. Meanwhile, computer-based exams for SMA students are scheduled for April 20 and April 21, while for SMK students, they will be conducted from April 13 to April 16. (fsu/ebf)(++++)
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