Details of limited weekend curfews due to exams revealed by ministry
Turkey is setting restrictions on going out this Saturday and next Saturday due to university and high school entrance exams on those days, the Interior Ministry said on on June 18.
There will be a general lockdown on June 20 and 27 between 9.30 a.m. and 3 p.m., said a ministry statement.
The lockdown will also be in effect on June 28 between 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.
People taking the exam and using public transport to get there as well as relatives dropping off the students will be exempt.
Municipalities will take necessary measures to prevent disruption in public transportation, with more service offered as needed, the statement said.
During the lockdown, bakeries, markets, grocery stores, and butchers will remain open, it said.
Workplaces that carry out activities related to the production, transportation and sales of medicines, medical devices, medical masks, and disinfectants will also remain open along with animal shelters, hotels, fuel stations, logistics companies and intercity public transports.
“The Health Ministry’s Science Board made a recommendation in order to create the necessary conditions for the exams. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ordered a limited curfew to prevent the crowds forming on the streets during examination hours and spare the day only for the youth,” Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter on June 18.
Eight graders will take the High School Transition System (LGS) exam on June 20 and the Higher Education Institutions Examination (YKS) for university entrance will be held in three sessions on June 27 and June 28.
The first curfew in Turkey was declared April 11-12 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and was followed by subsequent ones in the recent weeks.
However, the government recently ended the lockdown as part of its normalization program.
Turkey fully prepared for high school entrance exam: Minister
Turkey has taken all preventive measures against coronavirus prior to the high school entrance exam (LGS) the education minister said on June 18.
"The number of examination centers has been increased to around 18,000 from 13,000 because we want the students to be comfortable," Ziya Selçuk told Anadolu Agency Editors' Desk.
The number of invigilators has also been increased to 353,000 from 148,000 to provide better assistance to students, he added.
He said separate centers have been allocated for children who are quarantined due to coronavirus.
Prior to entering the examination hall, students will wear a new mask.
However, if they wish, they can remove the mask during the exam, Selçuk added.
In Turkey, any student who successfully completes eight years of basic education can go to high school by taking the LGS test.