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Jakarta Post

List of national olympiad winners offers glimpse into yawning gaps in Indonesia's education system

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19, 2019   /  02:10 pm
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Hilmi Nuruzzaman won silver and bronze medals at the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad 2019.(-/JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The National Science Olympiad (OSN) might show examples of success stories of the Indonesian education system, as some of its medalists have won international titles. However, a deeper look into its list of winners offers a glimpse into the yawning gaps of education infrastructure within the country's many provinces.  The annual, prestigious competition wrapped up in July after months of selection processes at the school, city and provincial levels. The capital city of Jakarta came out as the winner, bringing home 15 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 18 bronze medals from a total of nine contested subjects: mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, biology, astronomy, economics, informatics and earth science. Jakarta's victory did not come as a surprise as it marked the city's third consecutive win. In fact, it is one of only two provinces, the other being Centra...