Mother probably already knows, that the National Examination has been abolished since last year. This is in accordance with the Circular of the Minister of Education and Culture Number 1 of 2021. In it, there is a decision to abolish the National Examination and the equivalence test regarding the increasing spread of Covid-19.
Citing the official website of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, the reasons for the abolition of the National Examination are first, the National Examination contains more items that measure low-level thinking competencies. This is not in line with the goal of education which is to develop higher-order thinking skills and other competencies that are more relevant to the 21st Century, as reflected in the 2013 Curriculum.
Second, the National Examination does not encourage teachers to use effective teaching methods to develop higher-order thinking skills. The substitute competency assessment for the National Examination will be designed to provide a stronger impetus towards innovative teaching and oriented to the development of reasoning, not memorization.
Third, the National Examination is less than optimal as a tool to improve the quality of education nationally. Because it is held at the end of the level, the results of the National Examination cannot be used to identify students’ learning needs and provide assistance according to those needs.
So, it is necessary to take responsive steps that prioritize the safety and health of students, educators, and education staff. With the abolition of the National Examination and the equivalence exam in 2021, the National Examination and the equivalence exam will not be a requirement for graduation or selection to enter a higher education level.
Meanwhile, the exams held by the education unit (school exams) as a determinant of student graduation can be carried out in the form of portfolios, assignments, offline or online tests, and/or other forms of assessment activities determined by the education unit.
Portfolio in the form of evaluation of report cards, attitude/behavior values, and previously obtained achievements, such as awards, competition results, and so on, Mother.
This provision also applies to school exams that function as class promotion exams. So, what about the provisions at the elementary school level? The following explanation is quoted from the Instagram of the Directorate of Elementary Schools of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.
Conditions for the implementation of class promotion
Meanwhile, class promotion can be carried out with the following conditions:
- End of semester exams for grade promotion can be carried out in the form of portfolios, assignments, offline or online tests, and or in the form of assessment activities determined by the school.
- The end of semester exams for grade promotion are designed to encourage meaningful learning activities and do not need to measure the completeness of the overall curriculum achievement.
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