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...
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