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Jakarta Post

Laptops stolen hours before national exams

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 25, 2018   /   02:16 pm
Laptops stolen hours before national exams Students take part in a computer-based national examination at a vocational school in Jakarta on April 3, 2017. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Nineteen laptops were stolen at SMP PGRI Batuceper junior high school in Tangerang, hours before the start of national exams on Wednesday morning, in the third case of laptop theft at a school in Greater Jakarta this month.

The headmaster of the school, Lutfi Suryadi, said the thieves had allegedly broken into the room where the laptops were stored by breaking locks on the school gate and the door to the computer lab.

As a result, the students had to take the exams at a nearby school, SMAN 14 high school in Tangerang.

“I was shocked. It’s a pity that the students [had to take the exams elsewhere],” Lutfi said on Wednesday as quoted by

On Monday, 14 laptops owned by several students and SMP Muhammadiyah 14 junior high school in Koja, North Jakarta, were stolen at the school hours before exams.

Similar to what occurred in Tangerang, the lock securing the room where the laptops were stored was damaged.

The school then had to borrow laptops from SMK Muhammadiyah 12 vocational school, which is located near the school, before starting the exams.

The school's vice principal, Slamet, said on Tuesday that the exams went well despite the theft.  

“We haven’t seen technical or substantial problems during the exams,” Slamet said according to

Earlier this month, 40 borrowed laptops were stolen a week before the national exams at Madrasah Tsanawiyah al Falah, an Islamic junior high school in Penjaringan, North Jakarta. (cal)