President Jokowi Backs Education Minister’s Decision to AbolishNational Exam
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has expressed his support for the decision of Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim to abolish National Examination starting in 2021.
“The decision is well-calculated. I think we should support what has been decided by Education and Culture Minister,” President Jokowi said after inaugurating Jakarta-Cikampek II elevated toll road in Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, Wednesday (12/12).
According to the President, National Examination will be replaced by the Assessment of Minimum Competency and Survey of Character, which will start in 2021. The assessment will be provided for teachers and schools in order to improve the quality of education.
“It can be used as an evaluation instrument for our education,” he said, adding that schools failing to meet the standard will be supported by the Government to improve it.
On that occasion, President Jokowi also said that the policy to abolish the National Examination is made by the Central Government.
“If the policy could improve the country’s quality of education, the Government will continue to carry out the program,” he added. (RSF/AGG/ES)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
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