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Change in school enrollment confuses many

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Depok   /   Wed, June 19, 2019   /  10:07 am
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Give your best!: Students, accompanied by their parents, queue as they prepare to attend a state school enrollment selection (PPDB) at the SMA Negeri 1 state senior high school in Depok, West Java, on Tuesday. The PPDB West Java, 90 percent of which is conducted through a zoning system, runs from June 17 to 22. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya )

Eka Sari Wulandari had to take two days off work to enroll her son in school. On Tuesday, she visited SMAN 2 state high school in Depok, West Java, for the second time. She first arrived on Monday at 4 a.m., three hours before the school gates opened, to make sure she was near the front of the line. She came back on Tuesday to discuss her problems. “I have finished the entire registration process,” she told The Jakarta Post, adding that her son’s high exam scores should have meant he was able to enroll in the school on the basis of academic merit, despite not living within close proximity to the school. However, Eka registered her son through the zoning system, which only considers the proximity of a student’s house to nearby schools. She was unaware there was another option, the academic merit system. School enrollment committee spokesman Hariyan...