Turkish dispute over date of daylight saving time change

Turkish educators object to the plan because 1.5 million students will take a nationwide exam on that day.

Turkish dispute over date of daylight saving time change

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey plans to switch to daylight saving time on March 27 at 3 a.m., moving clocks forward one hour to make better use of daylight, but Turkish educators object to the plan because 1.5 million students will take a nationwide exam on that day.

The Transition to Higher Education Examination (YGS) is the first-round exam of the new university entrance system. It is of utmost importance in determining the students' chances of being accepted into a university program.

Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Turkey Private Schools Association President Cem Gülan said the date for the switch to daylight saving time must be revised.

"We are definitely against the date on which daylight saving time is supposed to come into effect. We hold this view because students will take what is arguably the most important exam of their lives on the morning of the time change. ... A human body takes about a week to adjust to a change in time. Even one problem on that day would be a disaster," he said.

Gülan added that the date of the exam must be changed if the start of daylight saving time is not moved to a different date.

Psychologist Suat Sabri Aslan noted that students may experience undue stress due to the change in time on exam day.

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