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Jakarta Post

Lombok school fails student for wearing jacket, protesting on Facebook

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Sat, May 18, 2019   /  02:34 pm
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Twelfth-grader Aldi Irfan shows letters of support for his fight in getting his graduation from SMA 1 Sembalun state high school in East Lombok, Nusa Tenggara. The school has not allowed him to graduate for his alleged misbehavior. (Courtesy of Aldi Irfan/-)

SMA 1 Sembalun state high school in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, has shocked the public for not passing twelfth-grader Aldi Irfan even though he gained good grades in his final exams. Aldi finished second best in his class and is known as the class chieftain and a member of the school's student board. His trouble began with the cold weather in Sembalun, which is located 1,200 meters above sea level and close to Mount Rinjani. He and other students often wore jackets to school and during class. It became a problem when Sadikin Ali, the school principal, prohibits students from wearing jackets to school. He also does not tolerate latecomers for any reason. Once there was heavy rain that caused landslides in Sembalun, causing students, including Aldi, to come late. They were ordered to go back home. Aldi disagreed with the school’s decision and to...