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Jakarta Post

Govt cancels national exams amid virus outbreak

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26 2020   /  12:32 am

Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim says the cancellation of the national exams caused by the COVID-19 pandemic would not affect graduation or enrollment at the higher levels of education.

Nadiem issued a ministerial regulation on Tuesday prohibiting any form of examination that would require students to gather.

“The cancellation of national exams should not have any effect on the enrollment of new students to junior high school or high school,” he said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

The Education and Culture Ministry has ordered schools to determine students’ graduation based on their grades achieved during the past five semesters, with the current semester of their study only an addition to their whole school performance.

The graduation of elementary school students would be based on students’ report cards from fourth grade, fift...