Coronavirus pandemic: Indonesia cancels national exams, affecting more than 8 million students


Indonesia has cancelled the nation’s upcoming National Examination because the nation introduced its greatest day by day rise in coronavirus circumstances, bringing the whole variety of individuals contaminated to 686, with 55 deaths.

A volunteer carrying a protecting swimsuit sprays disinfectant contained in the classroom of a college closed amid the unfold of Covid-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Reuters)

Indonesia has cancelled the nation’s upcoming National Examination over considerations in regards to the unfold of novel coronavirus, a transfer that may have an effect on more than eight million highschool students, Education Minister Nadiem Makarim stated on Tuesday.

The choice got here because the Southeast Asian nation introduced its greatest day by day rise in coronavirus circumstances, bringing the whole variety of individuals contaminated to 686, with 55 deaths.

“What’s most important is the safety and the health of our students and their family and their grandparents,” Makarim stated throughout a televised broadcast.

The national exams had been on account of be held in two phases, beginning on March 30 and April 20.

Makarim, the previous chief govt and co-founder of ride-hailing and funds large Gojek, stated exams held by particular person faculties – that are separate from the national exams – could possibly be performed on-line, whereas students is also assessed primarily based on their grades in earlier semesters.

Some Indonesian provinces have already shut faculties as a result of coronavirus outbreak together with West Java, the nation’s most populous province with nearly 50 million individuals, and Jakarta which has declared a state of emergency within the capital.

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