70 ÖSYM staff members called to testify in probe

Ankara prosecutor Şadan Sakınan has requested 70 ÖSYM staff members testify in the probe. So far, 30 have testified.

70 ÖSYM staff members called to testify in probe

World Bulletin/News Desk

Seventy staff members from the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) have been called to testify as part of an investigation into allegations that they assisted test-takers in cheating on a state examination in 2010.

Ankara prosecutor Şadan Sakınan has requested 70 ÖSYM staff members testify in the probe. So far, 30 have testified.

They have been asked such questions as “Have you made any profit from ÖSYM's tenders [for the publishing of booklets, etc.]?” and “Were you told to award [ÖSYM's] publishing tenders to one publishing house only?” Those testifying said ÖSYM is not involved in any illegal business.

The remaining 40 called to testify will do so in court by Friday. Their testimonies will be sent to the prosecutor, who will decide whether or not to charge them.

ÖSYM has drawn much criticism for the State Personnel Examination (KPSS) taken by hundreds of thousands of people on July 10 and 11, 2010. The fact that about 3,200 people answered most or all of the questions on the test correctly -- a first in Turkey -- led to allegations that some candidates had cheated during the test or obtained the questions ahead of time.

Some of the most successful test-takers were either married to each other or were friends sharing the same house, which some argue increased the likelihood that they cheated. Police at the time detained around 100 people, including an associate professor, in raids across eight provinces.

Dozens of computers and documents were seized. As part of the investigation into the KPSS exam, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office requested five experts, including computer experts and auditors from the Ministry of Finance, prepare a preliminary report regarding ÖSYM.

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