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POSTED | 15:53 PM | 14-04-2018

Indonesian exams ‘too hard’

The Indonesian Education and Culture Ministry’s official Instagram account was flooded with student complaints after the four-day national examination for high school students.

Many of the students complained that the questions on the exams were too difficult for them, The Jakarta Post reported on Saturday (April 14, 2018).

“Even the number one student in my class said the questions were too difficult. I, just a tiny speck of dust in the air, felt like I wanted to die,” a student wrote in a comment on

Responding to this, Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said, for this year’s examination, the questions were formulated according to an internationally approved education reform concept, namely the High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).

“We applied HOTS to propel the students into thinking critically,” he told the press in the vice presidential palace on Friday.

Assessment tests formulated using HOTS, among others, lead the students to analyze, evaluate and create solutions to problems instead of just memorizing theories like in the Indonesian conservative education concept.

“This is important for the students’ character building,” Muhadjir said.

Students said they were blindsided by the ministry.

“I understand that formulating the questions according to the HOTS concept is a terrific idea to let us practice critical thinking for problem solving. Unfortunately, you did not notify us about (this policy) earlier so that we could prepare,” said a student.

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