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University students protest against admissions exams

Demonstrators say access should be 'free'

University students protest against admissions exams

(ANSA) - Rome, September 4 - Italy's students' union on Tuesday organised a flash mob outside the country's higher education institutions in protest over limited admission to certain courses. The protest coincided with the start of countrywide entrance exams for courses in medicine and dentistry, which contemplate 10,173 and around 900 admissions respectively. Overall some 77,000 Italian and foreign students have registered to sit the exams. "Today thousands of students will sit the entrance exams and only one in eight will be able to realise their dream," said Union coordinator Michele Orezzi. "Not only will they not be free to choose their future, but they will also have to take a test that for years has proven to be fallacious both in terms of method and content". The students' union has also said it will provide oversight to ensure the exams are carried out correctly and assist students in the event of irregularities. On Monday the consumer watchdog Codacons called on Italian Premier Mario Monti and the Education Minister Francesco Profumo to scrap the admissions exams and make access to university free.

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