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Brazilian students welcome exam postponement

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazilian Jewish youth welcomed the postponement of a national university admission exam that had been slated for the first day of Sukkot.

Some 15,000 Orthodox Jews, Seventh-day Adventists and other Sabbatical Christians will now be able to take the national university admission exam, called the Enem, since it was rescheduled for November.

The exam’s questions were leaked last week, causing the postponement. The Brazilian Federal Police are investigating the case.

"It can only be God’s doing," Freddy Marcos, a 17-year-old from the Iavne Jewish school in Sao Paulo, told the Brazilian newspaper Estado.

Rabbi Samy Pinto criticized the proposal that Jewish students should take the exams after sunset.

"An isolated candidate will not have equal conditions," he said.

The Enem is used by many public and private universities as part of their entrance requirements. More than 4 million Brazilian students will take the exam this year.
 

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