Istanbul middle school still remains closed despite four court rulings to revoke its status as İmam Hatip
İsmail Tarman Middle School in İstanbul's Beşiktaş district still remains closed despite four court rulings to reverse the school's status as religious İmam Hatip school. The rulings should have enabled for the school's reopening as a standard middle school, but the courts' decisions have not been enforced and the school's doors remain closed.
The founders of private Altınbaş University were detained on charges of fraud in Istanbul. The brothers allegedly reported buying boat fuel to benefit from tax exemptions regarding marine transportation.
Turkey's online education system crashed on the morning of the second day of school, although the system was used during make-up classes leading up to schools' reopening. The system displayed a message that read "too crowded," locking out teachers and students alike.
A recent survey revealed that about a quarter of students in Istanbul can't access remote education materials. The most common barrier to materials was revealed to be the lack of technological equipment like phones or televisions.
Turkey's first-grade and kindergarten students started school on Sept. 21, as schools "reopened" with COVID-19 precautions amid a second peak of infections. While the class schedule has been adjusted to minimize social interaction, parents are free to keep their kids home from school as attendance is not mandatory.
Turkey's Education Ministry will pay 1.7 million liras in damages to a high student who was paralyzed when he jumped off a balcony following the school principal's humiliation over rumors that he was kissing his girlfriend on the school premises. The principal was found guilty of humiliating the student in a situation that should have been handled delicately, daily Hürriyet reported on Sept. 17.
Turkish schools are not ready to open, considering the lack of resources to prepare against the COVID-19 pandemic in the classrooms, an Eğitim-Sen representative said. Schools lack help staff and protective equipment, and safe distancing might be an issue, according to the expert.
Graduates of Turkey's Islamic Imam Hatip high schools suffered in the higher education entrance exams with only 16 percent of them scoring well enough to enter a bachelor's program. The generally low rate of success in the university exam is a display of poor policy-making by the Education Ministry, said a representative of the teachers' union Eğitim-Sen.
Turkish teachers' union Eğitim-Sen has announced that some teachers from 34 schools across Turkey have recently contracted the COVID-19 after they were invited to schools to plan the academic year in advance. Eğitim-Sen said that authorities failed to undertake sufficient precautions to ensure the health and safety of teachers.
No Turkish universities ranked in the top 100 of the global education survey Shanghai Ranking in 2020. Meanwhile, eleven schools ranked among the top 1,000, with Istanbul University at the top. Ankara University, Ankara's Bilkent University, Middle Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ) and Gazi University also ranked in the list.
Only 11.1 percent of students who took the High School Entrance Exam (LGS) preferred to attend imam hatip religious high schools. Many poor students in Turkey are forced to attend the imam hatip schools due to lack of options where they live, or based on unsatisfactory performance on the entrance exams that results in them having no other option.
Turkish President Erdoğan has ordered the country’s education watchdog YÖK to shut down the universities' distance education programs for psychology studies. The move came after Istanbul University’s plan to launch such a program received widespread criticism among psychologists.
Dicle University in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır has denied changing the medium of instruction from Kurdish to Turkish at its Kurdish language department. The university said in a statement on Aug. 3 that the medium of instruction had been always Turkish for the Kurdish studies programs.
Students enrolled in the Kurdish language departments of universities in Turkey will no longer be allowed to submit their dissertations in Kurdish. Former academic Selim Temo has also announced that from now on, all lectures at these departments will be conducted only in Turkish.
Some 20,000 books went missing from the National Library of Turkey in 2019, a main opposition deputy claimed in a parliamentary question. CHP deputy Gamze Akkuş İlgezdi also said that materials at the National Library that weren't books had decreased in number.