Pantau Ujian SMPLB, Wawali Subri Terharu

Wakil Wali Kota Soufis Subri nampak bersedih dan terharu saat memantau ujian SMPLB (Foto:Rifki/Humas dan Protokol)
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KADEMANGAN – Mata Wakil Wali Kota Probolinggo H Moch Soufis Subri mendadak langsung berkaca-kaca. Ia pun menghindari bertatap mata langsung dan memilih sesekali menunduk.

Meski begitu, Wawali Subri tetap berinteraksi dengan anak-anak menggunakan bahasa isyarat. Dua jempol Ia angkat, menirukan instruksi sang guru.

Sambil terus tersenyum, Wawali Subri menahan air matanya yang hampir tumpah. Ia selesaikan satu per satu memberikan salam kepada anak-anak kelas 9 di SMP Luar Biasa Sinar Harapan yang baru selesai mengerjakan soal ujian, Rabu siang (24/4).

Satu ruang kelas itu ditempati 10 siswa tuna grahita. Satu kelas lainnya untuk 5 siswa tuna rungu. Di ruangan siswa tersebut, air muka haru begitu begitu kentara di wajah wawali Soufis Subri.

Ya, di tengah kesibukannya, Subri berkunjung ke SMPLB yang terletak di Jalan Semeru itu. Siang itu (24/4) memang sedang berlangsung ujian nasional.

Sama seperti sekolah lainnya, SMPLB juga melaksanakan ujian nasional sejak Senin (22/4) hingga Kamis (25/4). Di hari pertama, mereka menggelar ujian Bahasa Indonesia. Keesokan harinya Matematika, kemudian Bahasa Inggris dan dilanjutkan IPA.

Yang berbeda, jika sekolah biasa berbasis komputer, di SMPLB, masih menggunakan kertas. Didampingi Kepala SMPLB Prihatin Purwatiningsih, Wawali Subri bertemu dengan siswa-siswi “istimewa” itu.

“Saya bersyukur bisa terlahir dalam keadaan insyaallah, sempurna. Di satu sisi, Saya melihat di Kota Probolinggo, anak-anak kami yang punya keterbatasan, tapi punya semangat luar biasa. Tentu, ini menjadi pelajaran bagi saya pribadi dan kita semua. Kita yang sempurna juga harus punya semangat yang tinggi,” pesan Subri dengan nada pelan.

“Dan, disini ada orang-orang yang punya dedikasi luar biasa. Mendampingi adik-adik, sehingga bisa terlayani dengan baik, sama dengan anak normal lainnya. Inilah kenapa saya merasa terharu sekaligus bangga. Hormat saya pada pendidik, guru yang menangani anak-anak berkebutuhan khusus,” lanjutnya.

Dari pantauannya, Wawali Subri mengaku sangat excited. Ada siswa tuna grahita sudah mengejarkan soal ujian yang berbeda sesuai dengan kemampuan mereka.

“Ini sulit menurut saya. Karena standarnya berbeda. Yang membuat kagum, tuna rungu punya IQ normal, tetapi kemampuannya tereliminir karena ketidakberdayaan mereka untuk mendengarkan,” bebernya.

Bantuan Pemda

Karena kewenangan sekolah inklusi ada di provinsi, Subri pun akan berupaya membuka komunikasi dari sisi mana yang bisa dibantu oleh Pemerintah Kota Probolinggo. “Kami kembangkan dan saling mengisi sebatas aturan yang dibenarkan,” imbuh Subri.

Kepala SMPLB Prihatin Purwatiningsih menceritakan, setelah lulus dari SMPLB mereka bisa melanjutkan ke SMALB di Jalan Mawar atau sekolah inklusi di SMK Negeri 3 Jalan Pahlawan.

Untuk ke jenjang universitas, anak berkebutuhan khusus pun bisa melanjutkannya seperti di Universitas Brawijaya Malang. Pasalnya, ada dua siswa SMPLB yang kuliah disana mengambil jurusan seni rupa.

Seperti apa cara guru SMPLB menyemangati siswanya agar mau bersekolah? Prihatin bilang, guru harus melakukan pendekatan secara individual dan harus tahu karakter anak. Sebab masing-masing anak ada hambatan ketunaan yang berbeda-beda.

“Kami bimbing anak-anak, diberi perhatian dan kasih sayang yang lebih. Kalau tidak masuk, kami datangi berkali-kali ke rumahnya sampai mau semangat sekolah,” kata Prihatin.

Sekolah ini pun telah mendapatkan sejumlah program kerja sama dengan Pemerintah Kota Probolingo. Di antaranya dari Dinas Perhubungan, bantuan angkutan pelajar yang sudah berjalan 4 tahun ini. Ada 25 siswanya yang ikut angkutan pelajar, mereka mendapat subsidi Rp 30 ribu per anak, sisanya Rp 120 ribu yang membayar orangtua masing-masing.

“Alhamdulillah, ada program angkutan pelajar ini, karena anak-anak rumahnya ada yang jauh-jauh. Selain Dishub juga ada dari Dinas Sosial dan BAZNAS,” terang kepala sekolah.

Prihatin pun merasa berterima kasih kepada wawali yang telah memberi semangat dan mengucapkan terima kasih atas kerja sama guru-guru untuk membimbing anak-anak. Ada 10 guru dan 56 siswa di SMPLB tersebut, kelas 9 ada 15 siswa; kelas 8 ada 27 siswa dan kelas 7 ada 13 siswa. (famydecta/humas)

Wakil Wali Kota memberikan semangat kepada salah satu siswi SMPLB dalam menghadapi ujian (Foto/Rifki/Humas dan Protokol)

The eyes of Probolinggo Vice Mayor, H Moch Soufis Subri, suddenly burst into tears. He also avoids eye contact and chooses to look down once in a while.

Even so, Subri continues to interact with children using sign language. Two thumbs up, he imitates the teacher’s instructions.

While continuing to smile, Subri held back his almost spilled tears. He completed one by one giving greetings to the 9th graders at the Sinar Harapan Extraordinary Middle School (special needs school), who had just finished working on the exam questions on Wednesday afternoon (24/4).

One classroom was occupied by 10 mentally-disabled students. Another class is for 5 deaf students. In the student room, tears of emotion were so obvious on the face of Vice Mayor Soufis Subri.

In the midst of his busy life, Subri visited SMPLB located on Semeru Street. That afternoon (24/4), a national examination was indeed taking place.

Just like other schools, the SMPLB also carries out national examinations from Monday (22/4) to Thursday (25/4). On the first day, they held an Indonesian Language exam. The next day is Mathematics, then English before continued with Science.

What is different, if ordinary schools are computer-based, in the SMPLB, they still use paper. Accompanied by the Principal Purwatiningsih, Vice Mayor Subri met with the “special” students.

“I am grateful to be born in a perfect condition. On the one hand, I see in the city, our children who have limitations but have extraordinary enthusiasm. Of course, this is a lesson for me personally and for all of us. We who are perfect must also have high enthusiasm as they do,” Subri ordered softly.

“And, there are people who have extraordinary dedication. Accompanying younger siblings, so that they can be served well, just like other normal children. This is why I feel touched and proud of teachers who handle children with special needs,” he continued.

From his observation, Vice Mayor Subri admitted that he was very excited. There are mentally disabled students who have pursued different test questions according to their abilities.

“This is difficult in my opinion because the standard is different. What amazes, deaf people have a normal IQ, but their abilities are eliminated because of their helplessness to listen,” he explained.

 Local Government Assistance

Because the authority of the inclusive school is in the province, Subri will also try to open up communication from which side the Probolinggo Municipality can help. “We develop and complement each other as far as justified rules,” added Subri.

The Principal of SMPLB, Purwatiningsih, said that after graduating from SMPLB they could continue to Senior High School SMALB on Jalan Mawar or inclusive schools at SMK Negeri 3 Jalan Pahlawan.

To go to university level, children with special needs can continue as in Universitas Brawijaya Malang. The reason is, there are two SMPLB students who study there majoring in fine arts.

What is the way for SMPLB teachers to encourage their students to go to school? She said that the teacher must approach individually and must know the character of the child because each child has a different obstacle to disability.

“We guide them, give more attention and affection. If they are absent from school, we go to their house many times until they want to have a school spirit,” she said.

The school has also received a number of collaborative programs with the municipality including with the Transportation Agency who provide student transportation assistance that has been running for 4 years. There are 25 students who take student transportation; they received a subsidy of Rp. 30,000 per child, the remaining Rp. 120,000 paid for their parents.

“Alhamdulillah, there is a student transportation program, because their homes are far away. In addition to the Transportation Agency, there are also Social Agency and BAZNAS,” explained the principal.

Purwatiningsih also felt grateful to the vice mayor who had encouraged and thanked for the cooperation of the teachers to guide the children. There are 10 teachers and 56 students in the SMPLB, with 15 students in grade 9; there are 27 students in grade 8 and 13 students in 7th grade.