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Parents decry age rule for school enrollment

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  01:00 am
New measures: An online operator handles new student enrollment at SMPN 60 state junior high school in Jakarta. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Age is more than just a number for aspiring high school students in Jakarta. Last week, the city administration rolled out the zoning system for this year’s public school enrollment (PPDB). Unlike previous years, a potential student’s age is now a main factor in the registration process, sparking protests from parents caught unaware. Before 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, 60-year-old Sugiharto and his wife sat down at their computer to register their youngest daughter at three state senior high schools (SMAN) within their designated enrollment zone, based on proximity to their residence in the Kebayoran Lama subdistrict of South Jakarta. At first, the registration appeared to be going smoothly. Their daughter was placed on all three of the schools’ enrollment lists. Two hours later, however, Sugiharto found that his daughter’s name had been removed and replac...