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Schooling appeal for jailed teens
Juvenile prisoners at serious disadvantage when sitting national exams, Church official saysJunior high students taking national exams (Photo: Lensaindonesia.com)
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- April 20, 2011
They said while the taking of national exams is the right of all students, child prisoners are at a serious disadvantage.
The government has allowed imprisoned juveniles to sit the national exams since 2009.
â€śThey never attend classes. They do not know what subjects will be tested,â€ť said Crosier Father Serafin Danny Sanusi, executive secretary of the Indonesian bishopsâ€™ Commission for Justice and Peace.
Therefore, â€śwe ask the government to address this situation by providing these young prisoners with adequate lessons,â€ť he said.
A similar concern was expressed by Aris Merdeka Sirait from the National Commission for Child Protection.
â€śThe government should be preparing child prisoners for the national exams so they will not be afraid of sitting them,â€ť he said.
The Ministry of Education is currently conducting national exams for junior and senior high students.