Turkey's Education Ministry will pay 1.7 million liras in damages to a high student who was paralyzed when he jumped off a balcony following the school principal's humiliation over rumors that he was kissing his girlfriend on the school premises. The principal was found guilty of humiliating the student in a situation that should have been handled delicately, daily Hürriyet reported on Sept. 17.
Graduates of Turkey's Islamic Imam Hatip high schools suffered in the higher education entrance exams with only 16 percent of them scoring well enough to enter a bachelor's program. The generally low rate of success in the university exam is a display of poor policy-making by the Education Ministry, said a representative of the teachers' union Eğitim-Sen.
Enrollment in religious-training Imam Hatip schools has been more than the enrollment in the high school Imam Hatip schools. Enrollment in the imam-training high schools fell in the academic year 2018-2019.
Istanbul’s provincial Education Director Levent Yazıcı said on May 28 that the city would be holding high-school exams (LGS) in socially distanced and disinfected testing centers and that all parties would wear masks. About 280,000 students are expected to take the LGS on June 20.