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All work, no play: Twelfth-graders study hard to get into state universities

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 11, 2019   /  05:31 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 the national exams.(Warta Kota/Angga Bhagya Nugraha)

Naufal Mahardika leaves for school at 5:30 a.m. every day to attend classes that start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. The twelfth-grader at SMA 78 state high school in Jakarta then takes a short break before attending a private tutoring program that starts at 4:30 p.m. By 8 p.m. he heads back home after a day of studying but still has to stay up to finish his homework. In his free time, he studies via online learning platforms to prepare for important exams. All of this is done to give himself the best chance at being accepted to a state university. Naufal is not the only final-year student who endures long study hours – his schoolmates have equally packed schedules. Spending most of their final year of high school studying, they are all expected to regularly attend afterschool private tutoring and subscribe to online learning platforms. The pressure is high because of ...