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Students, parents left in dark as Turkey scraps school entrance exam

The Turkish government has suddenly moved to abolish a grueling standardized high school entrance exam without offering any plan to replace it.

The demise of a grueling entrance exam might normally be cause for students to celebrate. But a sudden decision by the Turkish government this week to abolish the standardized test for high school admission has roused concerns children will be sent to religious institutions against their parents’ wishes.

Turkey will no longer implement the Transition from Primary to Secondary Education (TEOG) examination because it treats students like “racehorses,” Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said on Sept. 19, just one day into the new school year.

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