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Jakarta Post

Blackout disrupts exam in Depok high school

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 24, 2018   /   05:16 pm
Blackout disrupts exam in Depok high school Students of SMAN 70 senior high school in South Jakarta take the computer-based national exam (UNBK) on April 4, 2016. (ANTARA FOTO/Rivan Awal Lingga)

A blackout that lasted more than an hour and a half disrupted the second day of a computer-based national exam (UNBK) at Al Falah junior high school (SMP) in Depok, West Java, on Tuesday.

The blackout started at around 8 a.m., 20 to 30 minutes after the exam began, a source who wished to remain anonymous told on Tuesday.

The students panicked for not being able to complete their tests.

“It was odd because the only buildings that experienced the power outage were the school and several houses behind the school. All other buildings in the area were fine,” the source added.

SMP Al Falah must accommodate 78 of its students for the 2018 national exam with only 26 computers. It therefore decided to split the students up into three groups, with the earliest test starting at 7.30 a.m.

“We have 28 computers in total, two of which are backups. Some of the computers were borrowed from the students’ parents,” the source said. (vla)