Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim delivers a speech in Jakarta on Wednesday. (B1 Photo/David Gita Roza)

Nadiem's First Big Surprise: Abolish National Exam


DECEMBER 11, 2019

Jakarta. Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim confirmed on Wednesday the national exam in 2020 will be the last and the government will introduce a new system to assess students.

Starting in 2021, students will be required to undergo a competency assessment and a character test at the mid-point of each of their school level: fourth grade in elementary school and second grade in junior high school and senior high school.


"Assessment usually takes place in the end of a school period, but we will move it to the mid point," Nadiem said during a meeting in Jakarta with district and municipal education department officials from across the country.

An early assessment will allow teachers to remedy poor performance by the students before graduation, he said.

The assessment will focus on the students' ability to apply their reading, mathematics and science skills in situations.

Nadiem said the new system will be based on international practices, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The abolition of the much-maligned national exam is among several key changes brought in to the school system by Nadiem, the former chief executive of ride-hailing company Gojek.

Nadiem has also given autonomy to schools to hold their own exams and relaxed a regulation that limits public school enrollment to students from surrounding areas only.