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Indonesia confronts education woes by introducing PISA-style national exams

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, June 8, 2018   /  12:53 pm
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Last week, speaking before education agency heads from all regions in the country, Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the exams were formulated using the standards of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a global survey that measures education quality in participating countries.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

In April, many students vented frustration on social media over the unprecedentedly difficult national exams, claiming that the questions posed were starkly different from what they had been taught during months of preparation prior to the exam. “Even the number one student in my class said the questions were too difficult,” a student commented on the Education and Culture Ministry’s official Instagram account. “I, just a tiny speck of dust, felt like I wanted to die.” Read also: Indonesian exams 'too hard', students 'want to die' Last week, speaking before education agency heads from all regions in the country, Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the exams were formulated using the standards of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a global survey that measures education quality in participat...