A foundation known for its close ties to the Islamic cult of Naqshbandi has been organizing a knowledge contest on ethics and morality in Turkey's public schools. The Education Ministry's stance on the issue is said to be alarming as experts have been warning against the infiltration of religious orders into state institutions, as the Gülen movement did in the last decade.
A district office of the Mersin Provincial Education Directorate has sent a letter to schools within its scope of authority asking them to appoint two teachers each to escort Education Minister Ziya Selçuk's wife Rana Selçuk to a concert. A deputy from the opposition İYİ Party condemned the letter, saying teachers' “job definition” does not include them welcoming and escorting a minister's wife.
An official complaint was filed against an arts teacher on the grounds that she "insulted religious beliefs". Teacher D.B. claimed the school administration was motivated by a discomfort with her not wearing a headscarf.
Zafer Açar became the first person to be granted a Ph.D. in the Kurdish language and literature in Turkey. As a doctorate student at Bingöl University Açar conducted a field study in the southeastern city of Van where he sought to analyze the reasons why people choose to speak Kurdish.
The Plenary Session of Administrative Law Chambers of the Council of State has upheld a decision by the 8th Chamber that had rejected a request to reinstate the headscarf ban in secondary schools. This decision finalizes a case that began in 2014 when the government lifted a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf in middle and high schools.
According to a study conducted by Dr. Engin Karadağ of the University Research Laboratory, 68 of Turkey's 196 university presidents have never published an article in an international journal, while 71 have never been cited. Of the 71 university presidents who have never been cited, 46 were from state universities while 25 were from private foundation universities.
Over 1.3 million teenagers, more than one fourth of kids in this age group, are not in school or in the work force, according to The Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK). The data further shows that more females are in school in between the ages of 15 and 19; while more males are in the work force at this age. Proportionally, more females are unaccounted for: 26.5 percent of girls between 15 and 19 are neither in school nor in the work force, while this number is 18.8 percent in boys.
A high school principal in Siirt was laid off after the release of a voice recording where he is heard yelling at and insulting students about the length of their skirts and pants. The Ministry of National Education announced that in addition to his dismissal, the principal was also under investigation for "bullying" and "insulting students."
Turkey has scored below average on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 report, the results of which were released on Tuesday. 6,890 15-year-old students in Turkey took the PISA test, and the country placed 31st out of 37.
Turkish Education Ministry has launched a smartphone app to allow teachers to report any threat of violence, in the wake of increasing number of incidents of violence against teachers. A recently conducted survey has revealed that 84 percent of teachers in Turkey "do not feel safe" at schools.
Reactions mounted following the circulation of a footage on social media of children with autism at a school in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray being booed by the parents of other children, demanding that the autistic kids to be sent to other schools.
New protocols approved by mufti offices as well as by Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) grant mufti offices the authority to appoint teachers for classes on moral values in public schools.
Kurdish intellectuals said it was a positive development that İSMEK was engaged in such an initiative but this could not meet the demands of Kurds for the Kurdish language