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Private tuition offers 'shortcut' to top colleges —and four-star hotel stay

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 25, 2019   /  02:40 pm
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Better together: Students of SMA Taman Siswa state senior high school in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, study together to prepare for national exams in this file photo. Students aspiring to enroll in their dream universities often resort to taking extra classes provided by school or private institutions.(Warta Kota/Angga Bhagya Nugraha)

Taking bimbel (private tuition) was normal for Triana Deninta Nurfadhillah or Tia, a senior high school student in Sidoarjo, East Java, who will be enrolling at her dream campus of Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta in August. The 18-year-old spent her senior year taking a three-and-a-half hour classes after school twice a week at one of the most established private tuition providers in the country. The full-year program, which costs Rp 7 million (US$495), helped her prepare for the national exams and the state university entrance test (SBMPTN). Tia was by no means a first-timer when it came to bimbel. She had enrolled at the same private tuition provider four years prior, when she was aiming for a spot at a top senior high school in Sidoarjo, and even earlier, when she was in the sixth grade of elementary school preparing to sit the national exams. &ldq...