The Jakarta administration says it won’t tolerate any more post-exam violence from students and plans to get tough.
The administration has met with officers from the Jakarta Police and five police districts in the capital to discuss plans to crack down on students involved in brawls after the national exams.
Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said students involved in brawls could face jail time, according to the severity of their offenses.
He also said two of the most cherished post-exam traditions — riding around the city in motorcycle convoys and scribbling on each other’s uniforms — would no longer be tolerated.
“We will punish anyone who violates regulations and laws. The Jakarta Police chief and I have coordinated and we will take action against those violating laws and regulations, regardless of who you are and where you do it,” Fauzi said after visiting three junior high schools in West Jakarta on Monday.
The administration has informed all school principals about the policy and asked them to warn students of the consequences if they violated any regulations.
“It’s not just the job of schools job, but parents should also play a role in advising and motivating their children,” Fauzi said. “Parents must tell their children to go home right after the exams. Parents and the school committees are expected to help protect students because most brawls occur after school.”
Jakarta Education Agency head Taufik Yudi Mulyanto said he supported the policy, and has issued a letter asking all schools to advise their students to avoid dangerous or illegal activities.
“We handled last week’s brawls that occurred after the high school exams,” Taufik said. “We’re having a meeting with every school to prevent junior high school students from scribbling on their uniforms, spray painting their hair, participating in motor convoys or other such activities.”
Taufik said the punishments should teach the students a lesson that these types of activities will not only hurt them but also their parents.
“I also hope the community can help,” he said. “If someone in the community sees a group of students hanging out in their neighborhood, report it to the subdistrict head or the subdistrict police office.”
Rizky Pratama Putra, 10, a student at an Islamic junior high school, confirmed that the school had warned him to avoid brawls after the exams.
“Yes, the school has told students to go home once the exams are over,” he said.
Gilang Prawira, a student at State Junior High School 82 in Jakarta, said his school had told students to go home immediately after the exams, and that if they wanted to celebrate, they should do it after the results came out.
Gilang said he would follow the school’s instruction.
“I don’t want to get involved in any brawls,” he said. “I want to continue my studies into high school.” Lenny Tristia Tambun