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Nadiem grilled at House over new policy

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 12, 2019   /  09:29 pm
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Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim speaks during a hearing at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Thursday.( JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Only a day after he introduced his new education policy, which received a mixed reaction from the public, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim was grilled on Thursday by legislators at the House of Representatives. Many of them questioned the minister about his new policy, one element of which is his plan to scrap the national exam (UN) starting in 2021 and replace it with a competency assessment. They also questioned the possibility of the minister introducing a new curriculum, which has been applied in a private school in Jakarta, nationwide. “What do you mean by competency assessment? A character survey? It will all surely be carried out by teachers. Are our teachers prepared for it?” asked Syaiful Huda, chairman of House Commission X overseeing education, during the hearing on Thursday. Separately, House Speaker Puan Maharani also called on the education...