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Jakarta Post

National exam results more reliable: Govt

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 29, 2018   /   08:15 am
National exam results more reliable: Govt Hard task: Students of Islamic junior high school Madrasah Tsanawiyah (MTs) Hidayatul Mubtadi'in in Malang, East Java, test their knowledge of the Indonesian language on the first day of the computer-based national exams on April 23. (JP/Aman Rochman)

The Education and Culture Ministry claimed that the results of this year’s national exams for secondary school students have become more reliable, adding that it can be used to detect weaknesses in the schools’ learning methods.

The ministry gave the exam results to education agencies in cities and regencies on May 22. Schools that had a low integrity index in 2017 received low marks, which stood at 28.01, in the 2018 national exams.

“The reliability of the national exam results is getting better because [the government] has reduced improper practices, such as cheating,” the ministry’s head of research and development, Totok Suprayitno, said in a written statement on Monday.

He added that the exams would be an indicator for the government to come up with recommendations to improve the quality of learning.

However, the ministry’s teachers and education staff’s acting director general, Hamid Muhammad, said providing teachers with training would not be enough to solve learning problems at schools.

The Language Teachers Association (MGMP) should draft a relevant learning method for training that was in line with the needs of every school, he added.

The number of secondary school students participating in national exams has increased every year. Last year, the government recorded 1,136,739 participants. This year, the number increased to 1,977,027.

National Education Standardization Body (BNSP) head Bambang Suryadi said this year’s national exams ran well thanks to close cooperation between the central government and local administrations. (ebf)