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Exam fiasco exposes rot in Turkish bureaucracy  

The scandal surrounding a civil service exam has painted a grim picture of Turkey's bureaucratic corruption.
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The recent cancellation of a standardized exam betrayed the extent of institutional failure and tampering in Turkey directly affecting the lives of more than a million people.

The news broke after allegations that questions of the Public Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS) were leaked before it was conducted on July 31. The scandal resulted by dismissal of several officials and cancellation of the test. Turkey’s Center for Assessment, Selection and Placement (OSYM) denied the fraud claims circulating on social media. The growing public outrage prompted Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to weigh in, announcing an investigation into the allegations on Aug 2.

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