Adana education authorities ask schools for money for hand sanitizer dispensers

Education authorities in Adana have sent a letter to school managements asking for money to fund hand sanitizer dispensers installed at the schools amid the coronavirus outbreak. CHP deputy chair Yıldırım Kaya said that this implementation is not specific to Adana, but has been also reported in other provinces.

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The education authority of the southern province of Adana has sent a letter to schools demanding to be reimbursed for the cost of automatic hand sanitizer dispensers it has dispatched amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Theincident came to light after the main opposition Republican People'sParty (CHP) deputy chair submitted a parliamentary question regardingthis issue.

Kaya said that this implementation was not undertaken only in Adana, but also in other provinces. “The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is continuing to make mistakes in every area, as in the education system...We know that the Adana provincial directorate of national education has sent a letter to district national education directorate along with a bank account number. The letter says, 'We are sending you the disinfection device, send us the money.'”

“Those who cannot manage the national education cannot solve any of the problems of this country,” he said.

The province's director of national education, Veysel Durgun, has advocated their implementation, saying the device will be used during central exams and it is not compulsory for the schools to purchase it. Hand sanitizer dispensers each cost 1,675 Turkish Liras ($243) and have been sent to 500 schools in the province.

İsmail Sağdıç, an executive board member of the Union of Education Workers (Eğitim-Sen), has slammed the implementation saying the costs of these hand sanitizer dispensers will be met by the parents. “If the government cannot afford to allocate budget for one of these devices for each school, then the problem is huge,” he said.