Good News for Yunus Yazar


June 20, 2017


CoHE President Saraç said that CoHE initiated the process which will allow Yunus Yazar, a 19-year-old man with autism living in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, to take the special talent test conducted by Istanbul University.


CoHE evaluated the situation of Yunus Yazar who had been dreamed of receiving education in the conservatory.





He graduated from a fine arts high school last year and demanded that talented young people like himself who have disabilities would be exempt from the minimum score required to be taken from the Entrance to Higher Education Examination (YGS) in order to be enrolled in programs, such as conservatoires, that require students to take the special talent test.


After the news related to the matter surfaced in the media, CoHE evaluated the situation of Yunus Yazar. CoHE President Saraç delivered the good news about Yunus.


"We sent an official letter for the implementation of the procedures"


In his statement to Anadolu Agency, CoHE President Saraç noted that he told the officials to take care of the situation when it was brought to the attention of the public and said, "We started the process after I talked with Yunus. We have also sent an official letter to Istanbul University about the situation and the implementation of the procedures related to the matter."


"Gifted people are extremely important for us. We try our best not to lose them because these people constitute the future of our country. It is also the same in the fields of science and arts. Therefore, we carry out this process smoothly in accordance with the legislation. I hope we will hear the good news in the earliest time," said President Saraç.


Saraç thanked Anadolu Agency for being the voice of people with disabilities.


CoHE President Saraç pointed out that there had already been a discretion especially for gifted people in the field of arts and said, "Higher education institutions can use this discretion within the process initiated by the Council of Higher Education. Of course, there are some limitations but we try our best to expand the limits."


President Saraç said a commission would evaluate the special talent of Yunus Yazar at Istanbul University State Conservatory in a few days.


Cem Yılmaz also promised to give a scholarship


Famous comedian Cem Yılmaz was also one of the famous figures who offered help.


Cem Yılmaz read about the story of Yunus, who lives in an old detached house and practices the piano, a gift of a philanthropist, for 7 hours a day, and could not be indifferent to the call of the musical prodigy. On his twitter account, he wrote; "I want to support this gifted young man. If the authorities offer their help, I would like to give him a scholarship."



Source: Anadolu Agency