Shift in exam dates creates social media stir

The Turkish government has decided to bring forward the nationwide university admission exams of this year to an earlier date in June as part of COVID-19 measures, drawing reaction on social media as youngsters launched the hashtag #SandiktaGorusuruz (We’ll see you at the ballot box) on 4 May on Twitter, reports Hürriyet Daily News.

Announcing the measures on 4 May after a cabinet meeting, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they have determined the steps to be taken in education in line with the recommendations of the Health Ministry and the Science Board. “Accordingly, the Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS) will be held on June 27-28,” Erdogan said. The first date determined by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) for the exam was 20-21 June. But at the end of March, authorities announced that the 2020 university exam would be held on 25-26 July within the scope of coronavirus measures.

Following Erdogan’s announcement, Higher Education Board (YÖK) Chair Yekta Sarac made a statement on the plans for the university exams, valid only for 2020. He said the final date set for the YKS exam is only a week after the initial date set, 20-21 June. “This exam will be held one week after the first scheduled date of YKS. Another important issue that requires our candidates not to worry is that the students who will take the exam this year will cover fewer topics from the curricula compared to the previous years.”
Full report on the Hürriyet Daily News site