Pandemi Covid-19, UTBK Participants from Outside Bogor Not Allowed to Test at IPB
Bogor - This year IPB University was again appointed as one of the Computer Based Writing Examination (UTBK) places by the College Entrance Test Institute (LTMPT).
However, unlike before, the implementation of the UTBK this year is strictly enforced by the health protocol considering that the test is still in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Participants who are permitted to take the exam are only those who live in the Regency or City of Bogor. This is based on the Bogor Mayor's Letter dated June 24, 2020 related to the implementation of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) and strengthened by a letter from the Regional Secretary of West Java Province as the Daily Chair of the Task Force for the Acceleration of Covid-19 Countermeasures in West Java on July 1, 2020.
While participants outside Bogor had been notified in advance via email, the UTBK-IPB website and the helpdesk provided.
Then, they are asked to fill out an online form to collect data on domicile information. The data will be submitted to the LTMPT and then participants will be relocated to a test place closer to their respective domicile on 20 to 24 July 2020.
Overall, the number of participants who will implement UTBK at the UTBK IPB Center is 14,893 people. The implementation of the UTBK test in the first phase of IPB was conducted on July 5 through July 14, 2020.
The test was divided into two sessions, namely the morning session at 8.15-11.15 WIB and the afternoon session at 13.15-16.15 WIB. On the first day, as many as 2,854 participants at the UTBK-IPB Center had taken the test.
The implementation of UTBK under the coordination of IPB is spread over 19 points, namely Dramaga IPB Campus, Cilibende IPB Campus, Gunung Gede IPB Campus and IPB Partner School.
As for students who take the test include SMAN 1 Bogor, SMAN 5 Bogor, SMK Informat Pesat, SMPH YPHB, Bogor Independent Self-directed High School, SMAN 10 Bogor, MAN 2 Bogor City, SMKN 2 Bogor, SMAN 3 Bogor, SMAN 1 Bogor, SMAN 2 Bogor , Vocational High School 3 Bogor, Vocational High School 1 Cibinong, PGRI 3 Bogor Public Elementary School, Rancabungur 1 High School, and Ciomas 1 Vocational School.
IPB University Chancellor Prof. Dr. Arif Satria hopes that UTBK will run smoothly until the last day of implementation.
"Although it is still in the atmosphere of the Covid-19 pandemic, we hope that the implementation of the UTBK will run smoothly, orderly and safely," he said.
The implementation of the health protocol during the implementation of the UTBK at IPB was carried out since the test takers entered the test site both on campus and in partner locations, namely several schools in Bogor City / Regency.
Test participants are required to wear a mask from home, before entering the test location and continue to do physical distancing. They are also recommended to wear gloves and face shield during the test. Plastic gloves were provided by the UTBK-IPB Center. This health protocol was informed to participants in the days before the test.
"Participants are also required to go directly to their homes after completing the test," Arif said.
Not only that, a number of medical and paramedical staff coordinated by IPB in collaboration with hospitals and schools were assigned to each test location.