Turkish Minister questions central examinations

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29 april 2013 | There are changes brewing for the education system in Turkey, says Turkish Daily Hürriyet. Minister Nabi Avci thinks of cancelling the universal university entrance examinations.

Speaking at a school in Ankara as part of an education forum, Minister Avci told the participants: “We are working on a new system to save children from the troubles of examinations, and from a multiple-choice system,” Avci said. 

“We believe that a system that works through open-ended questions will be healthier. We are continuing our work in the area.” 

1,851,326 student; one exam

The first phase of the national University Entrance Examination (YGS) was held on March 24 this year, with a total of 1,851,326 students sitting the exam. The exam was conducted across Turkey and North Cyprus in 167 exam centres and in 100,452 rooms.

Students who score over 180 points are qualified to enter the decisive student placement exam, LYS, in June. There will be five different LYS exams, corresponding to different educational branches.

New education needed 

Turkey has to reformulate its education system if it wishes to keep up a sustainable societal and economic development, Avci added, that should include all individuals and allow everyone to access quality education. 

Education cannot be considered separately from the economy or the society, Avci said, adding, “Education politics cannot be separated from politics of a societal or economic nature. We have to make big decisions on education in Turkey today, and make choices.” 

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