Minister slams test question .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANKARA - Education Minister Nimet Çubukçu has criticized a question on the examination for the Gendarmerie and Police Profession Associate Training Program as being sexist.

The question asks: "Which one of the below is accepted as a manner typical for women? a) Priggishness; b) Domineeringness; c) Talkativeness; d) Rational thinking; or e) Self confidence." According to the test, the correct answer is "c) Talkativeness," a fact noted in a news story in daily Radikal that asked for the education minister’s attention. Çubukçu wrote a note to the Supreme Education Board, or YÖK, that indicated the question represented sexist values and judgments in the social structure and complained about its sexist nature.

Credibility at stake

"When looking at the test, it is seen that neither ’self confidence’ nor ’rational thinking’ is seen to fit the typical manner for women. The manner seen fit for women is ’talkativeness,’ according to the right answer," Çubukçu wrote. "Such sexist questions both hurt the seriousness of the exam and the credibility of the authorities that prepared it. No such questions that may lead to misunderstandings should be included on the exam; pay the necessary attention, please."