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Test takers forced to remove headscarves in Ankara
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1.       tunci
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 29 Mar 2011 Tue 12:23 pm

Test takers forced to remove headscarves in Ankara

29 March 2011, Tuesday / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL

Some students with headscarves, who sat for Sunday’s YGS exam in Ankara, became distressed when they were forced to take their headscarves off

Headscarf-wearing students who took the national university admission examination at Batıkent High School in the capital yesterday were forced to remove their headscarves, reports said yesterday.
 

A total of 1,692,345 candidates took the Transition to Higher Education Examination (YGS) yesterday. Security was tight at the entrances of schools across Turkey, as officers frisked the test takers in the aftermath of a cheating scandal in a similar examination.

Individual searches and tight security at entrances were stressful enough for the students, but the most demoralizing moment for female students wearing headscarves taking the exam at the school was when they were asked to remove their headscarves, despite a directive from the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), which organizes the YGS, saying that headscarved students should be allowed into examination rooms. Dispirited students were seen crying outside the building, as many female students removed their headscarves to take the test.

Vahide Yalçın, a senior at an imam hatip high school a vocational school offering Islamic education, said she did remove her headscarf but didn’t do well on the test because the situation was too distressing. “The teacher there told me that I needed to take off my headscarf. They said they would report me if I didn’t. They told me, ‘What’s the big deal, just take it off.’ So I went outside, cried for a bit and came back, but it didn’t go really well in that situation.”

Another test taker who was subject to the same treatment, Yeşim Öz, said: “After we entered the classroom, teachers at the school came to every class and told us to take off our headscarves. So we did. If we had objected there would have been problems. They said there was a law about this, but that it had been changed.”

Girl stopped by security

Another student who had to deal with Batıkent High School’s anti-headscarf treatment was Ayşenur Turucu, who was told by the school’s security that they couldn’t let her in with her headscarf. “They told me, ‘We can’t let you in. The building’s manager doesn’t want us to.’ I asked for a written order showing that I couldn’t enter, but they couldn’t produce such a document. I tried to talk to the person in charge, but that wasn’t possible, either. Many other girls removed their headscarves and went in, but I didn’t just because they wanted me to.”

Meanwhile, conservative families outside the school prayed and recited the Quran, extending spiritual support to the students. Some students were extremely nervous. Derya Tuncer had a panic attack for which an ambulance was called to her designated school in Samsun.

 

There are so many spider minded people who are still judging people with their outward appearence, Let people wear whatever they want to wear. Such a discrimination. If women are allowed to take exams with mini skirts surely they should be allowed to take exam with their headscarf.

 

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2.       barba_mama
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 29 Mar 2011 Tue 04:56 pm

For me it´s okay for people to wear a headscarf. It´s strange for me to not see girls with headscarfs on Turkish universities, since in Holland it is a common sight. The only problem we had in Holland was with a woman who demanded that she could wear a facial veil during exams... She sued the university and lost

3.       gokuyum
5050 posts
 29 Mar 2011 Tue 10:37 pm

 

Quoting tunci

Test takers forced to remove headscarves in Ankara

29 March 2011, Tuesday / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL

Some students with headscarves, who sat for Sunday’s YGS exam in Ankara, became distressed when they were forced to take their headscarves off

Headscarf-wearing students who took the national university admission examination at Batıkent High School in the capital yesterday were forced to remove their headscarves, reports said yesterday.
 

A total of 1,692,345 candidates took the Transition to Higher Education Examination (YGS) yesterday. Security was tight at the entrances of schools across Turkey, as officers frisked the test takers in the aftermath of a cheating scandal in a similar examination.

Individual searches and tight security at entrances were stressful enough for the students, but the most demoralizing moment for female students wearing headscarves taking the exam at the school was when they were asked to remove their headscarves, despite a directive from the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), which organizes the YGS, saying that headscarved students should be allowed into examination rooms. Dispirited students were seen crying outside the building, as many female students removed their headscarves to take the test.

Vahide Yalçın, a senior at an imam hatip high school a vocational school offering Islamic education, said she did remove her headscarf but didn’t do well on the test because the situation was too distressing. “The teacher there told me that I needed to take off my headscarf. They said they would report me if I didn’t. They told me, ‘What’s the big deal, just take it off.’ So I went outside, cried for a bit and came back, but it didn’t go really well in that situation.”

Another test taker who was subject to the same treatment, Yeşim Öz, said: “After we entered the classroom, teachers at the school came to every class and told us to take off our headscarves. So we did. If we had objected there would have been problems. They said there was a law about this, but that it had been changed.”

Girl stopped by security

Another student who had to deal with Batıkent High School’s anti-headscarf treatment was Ayşenur Turucu, who was told by the school’s security that they couldn’t let her in with her headscarf. “They told me, ‘We can’t let you in. The building’s manager doesn’t want us to.’ I asked for a written order showing that I couldn’t enter, but they couldn’t produce such a document. I tried to talk to the person in charge, but that wasn’t possible, either. Many other girls removed their headscarves and went in, but I didn’t just because they wanted me to.”

Meanwhile, conservative families outside the school prayed and recited the Quran, extending spiritual support to the students. Some students were extremely nervous. Derya Tuncer had a panic attack for which an ambulance was called to her designated school in Samsun.

 

There are so many spider minded people who are still judging people with their outward appearence, Let people wear whatever they want to wear. Such a discrimination. If women are allowed to take exams with mini skirts surely they should be allowed to take exam with their headscarf.

 

If extremists didnt used headscarves as flags of the Islamic ruling, this kind of problems would never occur. Everybody has a right to choose what to wear. Women became victims because of men.

 



Edited (3/30/2011) by gokuyum

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4.       alameda
3499 posts
 30 Mar 2011 Wed 07:05 am

 

Quoting tunci

Test takers forced to remove headscarves in Ankara

I think it´s sad so much energy has been spent on this headscarves issue. So what if they wear headscarves? Why spend so much energy contemplating why they are wearing it.

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5.       zeytinne
596 posts
 30 Mar 2011 Wed 08:46 am

There is a rule and must be respected. No headscares in schools!

6.       Inscrutable
1000 posts
 30 Mar 2011 Wed 11:00 am

Please let people practice

7.       tunci
7149 posts
 30 Mar 2011 Wed 11:01 am

 

Quoting zeytinne

There is a rule and must be respected. No headscares in schools!

 

 Not all the rules are correct in the world. Your comment is for more like totalitarian states  not for democratic regimes.

 



Edited (3/30/2011) by tunci

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8.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 30 Mar 2011 Wed 04:41 pm

I think headscarfs in lower schools are not good. Than it´s the parents who decide, not the girl. But we´re not talking about little kids her. Every girl from the age of 16 can decide for herself if she wants to wear a scarf or not. Or perhaps the age of 18? If you are old enough to vote and decide on the faith of the country, your old enough to choose how to practice your religion.

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9.       alameda
3499 posts
 30 Mar 2011 Wed 10:26 pm

hepburnQE2

iran woman

Hmmm....I wonder if you saw these women and did not know anything about them, would you have any idea why they have their heads covered? Is it fashion, health, religion...or what?

My point is, we give meaning in how we interpret the image.

maybe things are not what we think....look here

 



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Edited (3/30/2011) by alameda

10.       Nanou
36 posts
 30 Mar 2011 Wed 11:07 pm

Hi everyone, 

i think it´s so bad to do that, i mean yes FREEDOM!! 

but i had a conversation about this 2 days ago but it was about france, and i think that in France it´s correct and they´re free to do that because they didn´t just say no to headscarf, but to any sign of religion, even the cross for the christians and this thing for the jewish, i don´t know its name...

 

so i think if it´s general then we have to respect it, but if it´s discrimination against only one religion so it´s not acceptable!!

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