Over 8 million Brazilian teenagers can take the annual two-day edital enem 2018 on Sundays, instead of on Saturdays anymore, following a long-running campaign by Jewish groups and members of other religions who observe Saturday as the Sabbath.

In 2016, some 76,000 applicants were confined to classrooms between 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday to be able to start the test after sunset without the potential of cheating. This season the exam is going to be held on consecutive Sundays, Nov. 5 and Nov.12, education officials announced on Thursday.

“We are incredibly satisfied with your choice, which shows an issue to satisfy a legitimate claim and stop teenagers from being isolated and locked up for several hours until they might begin the exam, thus allowing those that maintain the Sabbath to obtain their dignity respected,” said Fernando Lottenberg, president of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation.

The choice to alter the dates in the exam – known through the acronym ENEM – is the result of a public poll held from the Ministry of Education.

Some 42.3 % of 600,000 participants within the poll voted for that exam to become held on two Sundays consecutively, whereas 34.1 per cent voted for Sunday and Monday and merely 23.6 per cent wished to hold the regular one-weekend Saturday and Sunday format.

“We was pleading this transformation for several years, it ed1talenem in previous administrations, and the request was published to minister after minister,” said Lottenberg.

The enem 2018 was originally exposed to assess the grade of secondary-level education in the united states, but it has evolved into a content test now employed for other purposes, including admission to the main federal universities as well as other public institutions.

As it was made in 1998, the ENEN is among the most largest nationwide test on earth after China’s Gao Kao, the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, which happens to be taken by over 9 million students.