The 2020-2021 midterm exams are being held online in many universities within the scope of Covid-19 measures. However, the Atılım University and Bilkent University administrations in Ankara decided midterms will be held face-to-face in line with the “New Normalization Process Guide in the Pandemic” published by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) on July 30th 2020.*
Atılım and Bilkent University students launched a social media campaign against the decision. Students drew attention to the increase in the number of cases and demand that the exam conditions be amended under the hashtag #egitimdegilcinayet (It is not education, it is a murder) on Twitter. The students, who reported that university administrations have not made a statement on this issue, want their grievances to be taken into account as soon as possible.
Message From Students to the University Administrations
It is requested that the decision to hold the midterms face-to-face be withdrawn in the message published jointly by Atılım and Bilkent University students. Students list the issues they worry about as follows:
– New restrictions and prohibitions were imposed due to the course of the pandemic
– Even Ministry of Education institutions with lower pandemic risk than universities were closed.
– Our universities are located in Ankara where there is a high health risk.
– Students mostly reside outside the city and KYK dormitories are closed.
– Students will travel in crowded public transport to get to the universities.
– Students with chronic illness may experience health problems.
– The risk of getting sick may increase in winter.
– Most importantly, our family’s health will be endangered.
*The Higher Education Council (YÖK) had announced that university administrations would choose their own education models in the 2020- 2021 fall term due to the Covid-19 pandemic.