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Toy seller's son earns perfect score on national exams

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Thu, May 16, 2019   /  11:16 am
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Ananda "Hafidh" Rifai Kusnanto, the son of a single mother who works as a toy seller, has scored a perfect 100 on all four subjects in the computer-based national exams (UNBK).(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Amid his family's constant financial difficulties, Ananda "Hafidh" Rifai Kusnanto, a student at state SMAN 4 Surakarta senior high school in  Central Java, has earned a perfect score on the computer-based national exams (UNBK), which were held in April. Hafidh, 17, scored the highest mark of 100 in each of the four subjects of the UNBK: Mathematics, Indonesian, English and Chemistry – his choice for the optional natural sciences (IPA) subject.   Unlike other high school students who spend most evenings at private bimbingan belajar (bimbel) – or exam preparatory institutions – Hafidh studied on his own. His mother Supatmi could not afford to pay for the courses, which cost millions of rupiah, as she sells toys for a living. Supatmi is a widow and the...