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Entrance exams held with ‘misguided’ health protocols

  • Ardila Syakriah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 8 2020   /  01:00 am
To the test: Recent high school graduates take part in phase one of a computer-based written examination for state higher education institutions (UTBK PTN) at the Jakarta State University in Jakarta on Sunday. The UTBK PTN is being held in two phases, involving 42,463 students nationwide.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

After graduating from high school, an achievement she could only celebrate with her friends via TikTok, 18-year-old Daariin Ariij Nabiila Mumtaz had to sit the highly competitive annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN), wearing a mask and a face shield for protection. Prior to entering the test venue on Sunday, she had to undergo a body temperature check, wash her hands at least twice and clean her desk and computer with disinfectant wipes. As Indonesia scrambles to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, some 703,875 test-takers are trying to keep themselves together in order to earn a place in one of the country’s state universities, all while following strict health protocols that one expert has criticized as "misguided". Taking a computer-based exam (UTBK) is one of three ways high school graduates can earn one of the limited number of places offered at st...