Students of senior high school SMA Santo Tarcisius in Dumai, Riau, take the 2018 computer-based national exam (UNBK) in April 2018. Due to the screen brightness, a senior high school student in Tangerang, Banten had to wear sunglasses during her exam this year. (Antara/Aswaddy Hamid)
Rizky Amelia a 12th-grader in a senior high school in Tangerang, Banten, never thought that she would do her final examination in style, wearing a pair of sunglasses.
After undergoing several tryout exams in the previous months, Amel realized her computer monitor was too bright. As mandated by the Education and Culture Ministry, the final exam is conducted using computers, known as the computer-based national exam (UNBK).
“My eyes can’t tolerate being exposed to a bright computer screen for too long. I used the computer during the trial exams, so I knew that this would happen,” Amel said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
“I asked my teacher, ‘can I reduce the brightness?’ to which he replied, ‘no, you can’t.’ Then he recommended I bring shades,” she added.
To avoid getting hurt by the screen’s brightness, Amel had no choice but to wear the sunglasses so that she could look at the screen comfortably.
“My friends were surprised, they laughed. Some said they were distracted,” Amel said.
She said she was not the only one who needed sunglasses to protect their eyes.
“A friend borrowed my sunglasses in the middle of a test, saying that her computer screen had caused her a headache,” she added.
With the help of the sunglasses, Amel said that she was optimistic about her exam results.
“I was embarrassed, but that’s fine, I’m doing this for the test,” she said. “I’m optimistic. I have a unique way [of passing the exam].”