Low­er­ing the bar

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Maybe we’ve seen it all now, af­ter the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said it wants the state’s schol­ar­ship foun­da­tion, IKY, to give grants not just to top stu­dents – those who grad­u­ate with grades of 8.5/10 and up­wards – but also to those who suc­ceed in graduating with lower scores rang­ing from 6.5 to 8.4. This is a de­ci­sion that com­pletely un­der­mines the no­tion of ex­cel­lence and pushes the bar lower. The rea­son­ing be­hind the amend­ment – that not enough can­di­dates meet the cur­rent cri­te­ria – that was sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment is also a com­plete joke. It all makes us won­der what lu­di­crous idea this gov­ern­ment will come up with next.

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