"I support the decision of the education and culture minister," the president said here on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
President Joko "Jokowi" revealed that the government plans to evaluate schools and teachers. He added that the Education and Culture Ministry will hold character surveys to students.
"Schools with low scores will be supported. So they can improve their quality," the former Jakarta governor added.
President Jokowi stressed that the abolition of the National Exam is the authority of the central government. He will let the Education and Culture Ministry to implement the policy.
"If the policy can improve our education sector, we will continue it," he remarked.
Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Nadiem Makarim has officially announced a new assessment system replacing the National Exam (UN). This assessment system will begin to be implemented in 2021. Meaning, the 2020 examination will be the final time such an exam will be implemented.
"The implementation of the National Examination in 2021 will be changed to the Minimum Competency Assessment and Character Survey," Nadiem said here in Jakarta on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
"It consists of the ability to reason using language (literacy), the ability to reason using math (numeracy), and the strengthening of character education," Nadiem added.
The test will be conducted by students who are in the middle of the school level (for example grades 4, 8, 11). The results of this exam will not be used as a basis for student selection to the next level.
"This policy direction also refers to practices at the international level such as the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) and TIMSS (The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study)," Nadiem said.