There is no extramural education in Turkmenistan and many Turkmen residents are doing extramural courses of study in foreign universities. Now they are facing problems while exiting the country to take end-of-term exams.
Pursuant to new requirements imposed by Turkmen officials, an extramural student needs to hold an invitation from the educational establishment for each examination period (!) indicating the start and end dates of exams, and on a regular basis to provide new certificates from an educational establishment indicating the student's department, field of study and course. All these documents need to be submitted to regional offices of the Education Ministry before each examination period and a certificate needs to be obtained from the velayat (regional) education boards. Extramural students are required to present this certificate at the border prior to exiting Turkmenistan. Incidents have been recorded when students were barred from leaving the country in cases where there were no certificates from the education board.
Previously, only a student ID and a visa for the relevant country in the passport had been required to exit the country unhampered for exams.
Let us recall that in September full-time students of foreign universities who came on holidays faced the same requirement set forth by Turkmenistan's Border Guard Service.
One of the extramural students who failed to exit the country to sit exams because of this recently-introduced requirement complained that residents are not informed of new requirements by the relevant authorities. There are no announcements in the federal or regional print media about this and people learn this unpleasant news only in the airport, prior to their departure from the country.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan