Govt to Pilot Computerized Exams in Hundreds of Schools

By Fatima Bona on 05:30 pm Jan 30, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesia’s education ministry will begin its plan to computerize the national school exams by piloting the new online test at 862 high schools across the archipelago.

The national exams are mandatory for students in the sixth, ninth and 12th grades, but only those in the 12th grade will taka part in the computerized pilot program in March.

An official at the ministry in charge of tests, Nizam, said the ministry had informed the 862 senior high and vocational schools about the change and was awaiting their confirmation. He added that the ministry believed some younger students might not possess the necessary IT skills to take the test online.

“For this year, the test will be multiple choice and the test duration will be same,” Nizam said in Jakarta.

He added that the ministry was also keen to see if administering the test online would have a meaningful impact on curbing cheating.

“There will be no cheating here because everything will go systematically,” he said.

He said the system had been designed with an auto-save function in the event of a power cut.

Source : Jakarta Globe

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