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Students in Indonesia's disaster-hit areas get easier questions in national exams

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya, Panca Nugraha and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta, Mataram and Medan   /   Mon, March 25, 2019   /  09:46 pm
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Tough task: Students of a junior high school in Surakarta, Central Java, attend the computer-based national exam. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

It is that stressful time of the year again for senior students. From March until May, 8.3 million students from 103 schools across the archipelago are going to take the national exams. Senior students from vocational schools began the three-day exams on Monday, including those in disaster-hit areas. With two tsunamis and thousands of earthquakes and floods in the past nine months, this year’s exams are not easy for them. In Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), which experienced a string of major earthquakes and landslides, students get easier exam problems than other provinces.  NTB Education Agency head Muhammad Suruji said special consideration had been given to the regions heavily affected by earthquakes, namely North Lombok and East Lombok. Suruji said students from affected regions got different exam questions from those in other regions. “The que...