Deputy Education and Culture Minister Musliar Kasim says there will be no politicized questions in the junior high level national exams (UN), after references to politics were found in the senior high level exams.
"We have checked. We found the names of several politicians but removed them all," he said during an impromptu inspection at state junior high school SMP 45 Jakarta on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Musliar said he was not sure if the names had been deliberately included. "We don't want to see any political interference in education matters," he said.
Students sitting the exams for the senior-high level and equivalent were reportedly given questions regarding Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) presidential candidate and Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
The ministry is investigating the incident, which was widely criticised by education experts, including the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI).
KPAI chairman Asrorun Ni'am Sholeh said the ministry should not politicize the national exams.
The commission monitors the senior and junior high national exams.
The national examinations for junior high school students will begin on Monday. Nationwide, 3,902,938 junior high students are expected to sit the exam, while 227,742 will take the B-Package exam. linked to subsidized fuel (BBM) smuggling and people smuggling.