A member of Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee said that if parents voluntarily delayed their kids' attendance in school, they could prevent the spread of COVID-19 that results from congestion. The professor added that another solution would be an online-in-person hybrid curriculum.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: Maybe in January 2016, if the former prime minister, who now resents his colleagues and who kept quiet before the events regarding Şehir University, had remembered that he was also an academic benefiting from free expression, then universities may not have been in the dark position they are in today.
Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selçuk said that they would decide whether classes would be carried out remotely "at the end of August, beginning of September." The academic year is scheduled to start on August 31 so far.
Enrollment in religious-training Imam Hatip schools has been more than the enrollment in the high school Imam Hatip schools. Enrollment in the imam-training high schools fell in the academic year 2018-2019.
A Turkish youth forum launched an interactive online map that revealed the age group's biggest issues during the COVID-19 pandemic to be access to education and to work. The right to health and shelter were referred as the second largest issues.
A recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed Turkey as the leading member country for the portion of youth who are both unemployed and out of school. This number was revealed to be 26.7 percent in February in data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).
A students’ parent representative said that Turkish families are concerned that the government’s reopening of schools is financially driven and has to do with pressure from the tourism industry. Meanwhile, families worry that students taking part in nationwide high school or university exams will put themselves at risk.
The decision to send children to schools after the measures imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are lifted will reportedly be up to parents. According to a pro-government daily, schools will remain shut for kindergarten and elementary school students.
A report by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) prepared on the occasion of National Children's Day indicates that one in three children in Turkey lives in poverty. According to the report in 2019 the number of children in Turkey between the ages of 15-17 who were in the workforce reached 720,000.
Opposition deputy Tuma Çelik urged the Turkish government to open schools that teach in Assyrian. The Treaty of Lausanne mandates the government to provide education opportunities in minorities' native languages in areas where their population is dense, he noted.
Turkish teachers blacklisted for not contributing to Erdoğan’s donation campaign, independent union claims
Teachers across Turkey are pressured to participate in the donation campaign launched by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to offer financial help to those hit by the coronavirus outbreak, country's independent education union Eğitim-Sen claimed. According to a report in daily Sözcü, the director of education in the province of Adıyaman, sent a message that reached all the schools requesting teachers to donate to the campaign and then send a receipt proving they had done so.
Over the past week, a political row over an animated cartoon shown to schoolchildren has become the second item on the Turkish news agenda after the coronavirus outbreak. It depicts the 1961 execution of former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes. The importance of this sixty year old affair, why it was chosen to be presented to schoolchildren at a critical moment can only be understood through reference to the narrative of the ruling AKP government.
Turkish schools will remain closed until April 30 due to coronavirus pandemic and will continue to offer remote learning from home for students during this time period, said Education Minister Ziya Selçuk.
The Chairman of Turkey’s Council of Higher Education (YÖK) announced Turkish universities will start online classes on March 23. Schools that possess the necessary digital equipment will be holding online classes online and YÖK will provide remote education material to other schools.
Three fourths of the youth in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir would rather live outside of Turkey, a March 1 poll by the Sociopolitical Field Research Center revealed. The participants cited better living conditions, more job opportunities and increased liberties as reasons for their desire to live abroad.