LOCAL >Turkey’s top exam body apologizes for mistake in university test score calculation
The Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) apologized on Aug. 12 for a calculation mistake in the placement scores of candidates entering Turkey’s national university entrance exam, which had led to the incorrect placement of over 1,000 people.
Announcing the student selection and placement results, the ÖSYM stated on Aug. 12 that it had taken into account a “different placement score than the intended one.”
According to the ÖSYM’s new calculation, 1,628 applicants who were on Aug. 8 announced to have not gained the right to enrollment in any university, have been now placed in a university spot. Some 1,499 applicants, who were previously announced to have earned a spot in a university, lost their right to enroll.
Some legal experts suggested that as the 1,499 candidates had not yet enrolled at a university, their rights had not been “acquired” yet, but they could open a lawsuit for damages related to mental anguish.
“The candidates and institutions have been informed regarding the incident and the new results were updated as of Aug. 12 on 11 a.m. We offer our apology to all affected candidates,” the ÖSYM stated.
One guidance specialist, Salim Ünsal, said such a mix-up had never before been seen in the ÖSYM’s 35-year history.
“The ÖSYM’s student information system should be very solid. These mistakes affect the work’s reliability. But with the new adjustment, 129 more candidates were able to enter university,” Ünsal added.