First day of UTBK UNAIR goes well despite Rapid Test requirement

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UNAIR NEWS – High school students from all over Indonesia who want to continue their education to college began to take Computer-Based Test (UTBK) simultaneously on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Very different from previous years, 2020 UTBK this time was held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The requirements for fulfilling the health protocols are significant in the implementation. Even in Surabaya, the city government requires UTBK participants to do a rapid test first.

The Head of 2020 UTBK Implementation Team and UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak, in his statement after monitoring the implementation of UTBK in UNAIR and throughout Indonesia online stated that in general the implementation of 2020 UTBK went smoothly. Even though 2020 is really difficult with many considerations, the first day UTBK went well, including the server and network condition.

“Everything runs well, I have checked the server and everything is running okay, one hundred percent active. There are several obstacles one or two, but they have been dealt with, “he said.

“There are several reports, differences between the trial period and the time of exam, such as a little slow connection and so on. But its is no longer an issue throughout Indonesia, “he added

Regarding UNAIR, said Prof. Nasih, there were some obstacles before the test. Many participants and their company arrived too early, while the gates some of locations had not yet been opened, thus, causing a crowd. Nevertheless, in general the implementation at UNAIR UTBK center went well.

“There are one or two who were a bit late, but they can still enter because they are still at tolerance window,” he added.

Prof. Nasih revealed that after receiving an appeal letter from the Surabaya City Government about rapid test as a requirement of the test, his party immediately coordinated with some parties, including some several regional leaders in East Java.

“Alhamdulliah, several regional leaders responded immediately. They do not send rapid test kits here, but provide direct services at their respective locations. Gresik, Lamongan, Sidoarjo, Kediri, Banyuwangi have responded earlier, with several other regions, “he said.

Prof. Nasih and team feel responsible for keeping UTBK running well. Therefore, they fully support and then look for various sources of rapid test kits to various parties, such as coordinating with PUSPAS UNAIR, hospitals, and with other partners.

“We hope that in the future there will be 20 thousand rapid test kits so 60-70 percent of participants in UNAIR can be facilitated as well as possible. This rapid test is free. But, yes, don’t all come here, those in other regions can take advantage in the regions, “he said.

“Last night I got assistance from BIN four thousand rapid test kits, and another aid this morning from East Java BPBD, Thank God, two thousand rapid tests and some PPE, masks, hand sanitizers,” he added.

Prof. Nasih revealed that looking into the first day of UTBK, he was optimistic that the rapid test kits could accommodate UTBK participants as the calculation in the first session at the two UNAIR rapid test locations, the number of rapid test participants was 60 people.

“Assuming for a day there will be 200 people, we might be able to serve until the end of the implementation of UTBK related to the rapid test,” he said.

“We are very thankful that at least those who have committed and the goods are near here are reaching 6500 to 7000 rapid test kits that we can use,” he added.

Meanwhile, the person in charge of the UTBK location at Faculty of Pharmacy UNAIR Prof. Dr. Dwi Setyawan, S.Si, M.Si, Apt., said that the committee also support with facilities for participants in the exam room, such as masks, plastic gloves, ballpoint pens, disinfectant liquids, and hand sanitizers.

“So, just in case, we also provide masks, plastic gloves. If something undesirable happens, “he said.

On the other hand, Reza Camilia, one of the UTBK participants from Magetan, admitted that she was panicked when the rapid test result needed as requirement for UTBK participants in Surabaya. She admitted that she only learned it yesterday from IG Talk Show held by UNAIR together with East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak.

“I panicked, jut knew about it yesterday from IG TV. So, I went straight here for a rapid test, ” she said at Airlangga Convention Center (ACC) Campus C Sunday morning, July 5, 2020.

Reza, who was accompanied by her brother, admitted she felt relief that UNAIR provided free rapid tests for UTBK participants although she could not do the rapid test that day as it was not her test day. According to the procedure, rapid test examination can only be done for participants having UTBK test on the same day.

“My test is scheduled on July 6, 2020 at Campus C. So, tomorrow I will come even earlier, “she said. (*)

Author: Feri Fenoria

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