Medan.Â Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) presidential hopefulÂ Joko Widodo on Tuesday said that he would eliminate Indonesia’sÂ national exam for elementary and junior high school students if elected.
â€śIt’s better if there’s no national exam for students inÂ elementary school and junior high school,â€ť Joko said at a teachers’ workshop in North Sumatra. “It’s better to look stupid but be smart, rather than to look intellectual but be stupid. It’s better to listen toÂ people’s opinion rather than act like a know-it-all.â€ť
The teachers said â€śAmen.â€ť
He was referring to controversy surrounding the exam: critics have argued that the test is so difficult that it encourages rote learning and memorization aimed at achieving a high exam score rather than depth or subtly of comprehension.
Education Minister Muhammad Nuh last year said that he would eliminateÂ the elementaryÂ school exam in 2014, which he did. But the government replaced it with a new, similar test, 75 percent of which was writtenÂ by local education agencies and 25 percent of which was written by the central government.