More than 105,000 high school graduates in Turkey have been unable to enroll in a university this year despite being eligible, mainly due to financial difficulties, including the inability to afford accommodation or basic necessities in another. city, Turkish Minute reported.
The number of graduates who have not been able to enroll in a university has increased by more than 35,000 to 105,772 this year, compared to 2021, Birgün said, pointing out that the main reason for the considerable increase in this figure was the deterioration of the country’s economy.
According to a study by education specialist Salim Ünsal, 24,544 of high school graduates were unable to enroll in undergraduate programs; 81,228 were unable to enroll in associate degree programs; and 86,975 did not enroll in state universities despite being eligible, Birgün said.
The main reason for the graduates’ decision not to enroll in a university this year was financial difficulties, Ünsal said, adding that the students themselves would have to pay for accommodation and expenses in addition to basic needs.
“There are not enough KYKs [state-run Higher Education Credit and Hostels Institution] dormitories. …Accommodation is most important [financial] problem since the price of private dormitories and rentals is high. … These students … will eat, drink and occasionally visit their families. When you put it all together, it requires a [considerable] budget,” Ünsal said.
He added that other reasons for the decision of high school graduates not to enroll in universities were the lowering of their expectations for higher education and the fact that they choose universities and departments without proper research. and regret their decisions afterwards.
In recent years, Turkey has suffered from a deteriorating economy, with high inflation and unemployment as well as a poor human rights record. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is being criticized for mismanaging the economy, emptying state coffers and establishing a one-man rule in the country where dissent is suppressed and opponents are imprisoned for political reasons.
An insanely high cost of living has become the new norm in Turkey, where recent increases in food and utility prices are driving up inflation, further crippling citizens’ purchasing power.
Levent Gök, MP for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said in a parliamentary question at the end of 2021 that the 2021-2022 academic year had started with housing problems for university students and that some students had not registered or had suspended registration due to dormitory fees and house rents which had skyrocketed due to the economic crisis in the country.
The number of students who did not enroll in a university when they were eligible rose by 18,971 in 2021, according to the Higher Education Council (YÖK), which also said 2021 saw the smaller number of students allowed to enroll in a university. since 2018.
A group of university students calling themselves the “We Can’t Shelter” movement held their first vigil in Istanbul on September 19, 2021, sleeping outside to protest high dormitory prices and rents. The protests then spread among university students in different cities.
Erdoğan targeted students at a press conference, saying protesters were “lying” because there were enough dormitories across the country.