Semarang – Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo proposed the Minister of Education and Culture to evaluate and even change the mechanism and rules for online 2019 New Student Admission (PPDB).
This was due to the many public protests related to the zoning system and the quota of outstanding children in PPDB for Senior High Schools (SMA) which was rated too little, namely 5 percent.
“I was asked by the public every day about this PPDB online . They asked about zoning and the lack of places for outstanding students because the quota provided was only 5 percent. So last night I held a meeting with the Office and I called the Minister of Education directly on these issues, “Ganjar said, in Semarang, Thursday (06/13/2019).
According to Ganjar, after being examined, the Minister of Education Regulation No. 51 of 2018 concerning PPDB still causes problems in the community. Because the application of zoning with a quota of 90 percent and achievement paths is only 5 percent, many smart students who have prepared themselves to enter the desired school are constrained by that rule.
According to Ganjar, Central Java took the initiative to propose to the central government, to make changes to the PPDB system. One of them, so that students who have achievements get the freedom to choose the desired school.
“This is an award for those who excel. If the quota for achievement is only 5 percent, in my opinion it is too little. If it can be raised, I suggest that the achievement path quota be changed from 5 percent to 20 percent. those who have achievements, whose school of intentions, tests of serious study, they get school choices beyond the zoning that has been set, “he said.
In addition to the addition of achievement track quotas, Ganjar also questioned the rules that the fastest registers will get priority. According to him, the regulation is unfair and will complicate the community.
“Now the formula is fast , if it is still used, then there will be turmoil in the community. Overcoming this problem there must be a change in regulations. For example, in SMA 3 Semarang, if the system is fast , within minutes it is full of quota “Those who don’t enter will definitely go crazy (irritated),” he said firmly.
He saw a number of different regions in the application of the online PPDB mechanism. In some regions, the zoning mechanism in PPDB 2019 is softened and not in accordance with the provisions of the Minister of Education Regulation Number 51 of 2018.
“So I suggested to the Minister last night, rather than varying across Indonesia, what if an evaluation and coordination meeting was held to equalize perceptions. Alhamdulillah was responded quickly by the Minister, today at 14.00 WIB the Ministry held a coordination meeting on this matter, “he explained.
Ganjar hopes, with the problems that occur at this time, the Ministry can evaluate to make improvements. So, when PPDB online SMA is held simultaneously on July 1, there will be no turmoil in the community.
“Our hope is that there will not be a system that is detrimental to society, parents and children. And the government must ensure that all children must get a school. It must,” he added.
If the proposal from Central Java regarding the addition of the achievement route quota and proposals related to the procedure for registration is accommodated, then automatically there will be a change in the governor’s regulation (pergub) about PPDB. Ganjar said that it was not a difficult matter and could be immediately executed.
“If our proposal is tempted, then the matter of the easy Governor of North Sumatra can be replaced. It can be fast because only me. I have actually prepared plan B if this proposal is accepted, which is only by adding a special article in the Pergub. We have prepared it,” he explained .
In addition to waiting for the results of the coordination meeting, Ganjar also opened wide complaints and input from the public regarding PPDB online through his social media channels. He hopes, there will be input from the community regarding this system.
“Please, if the public has problems related to PPDB, I can report it, it can be via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Laporgub application . I am waiting for the input from today to the next five days,” he said.
As is known, PPDB Online 2019 is different from 2018 PPDB Online. A striking difference occurs in elementary, middle and high school admissions because it applies a zoning mechanism. Meanwhile, PPDB Vocational School does not use the zoning mechanism, because acceptance is still based on test scores.
In that mechanism, the terms of acceptance of students do not consider aspects of the National Examination (UN), but the closest distance students have with school. Aspects of UN scores are only used for students who take the path of achievement.
The details, the quota for students who are included in school zoning is 90 percent, the rest for achievement paths is 5 percent and the parents’ transfer path is 5 percent. These rules reap public protests, including in Central Java.