Discussion Text: National Exam in Pros and Cons

The existence of national exam which determines whether students succeed or not for 3 years in high school and deserve to hold graduating certificate extremely raises pros and cons. Some agree to the existence of national exam for high school students. On the other hand, a lot of people disagree to the existence of national exam


Pros and Cons of National Exam

National exam becomes the hot topic in most of discussions. Though the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the government on the organization of the national exams, the controversy over whether it is necessary to maintain the national exams (UN) has continued.Some debates include the primary questions such as; does the quality of Indonesia education depend on the national exam? Will the quality of the Indonesian education system worsen without national exam?

People, who support the national exam explain that the quality of the Indonesia education system will drop without the national exam, so they try to defend the current system.

However there are people who disagree with the opinion. Those who against this national exam kept in our high school education say that it doesn't need the national exams because the quality of education does not just depend on the national exam. Further, the national exam only measures a small portion of students' competence in specific subjects, and does not measure students' competences throughout the semester.

In fact, the national examination can still be useful as an instrument to evaluate or detect the level of students' cognitive competence in several subjects, on a national scale.
Note: This sample of discussion text is arranged from: www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/12/19/quality-education-and-national-exams.html

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