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.
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.
Turkey's ruling AKP has submitted a legislation proposal to the parliament which seeks to expand the scope of the security investigations launched into candidates for state employee positions to include students in higher education. The opposition has blasted the proposal as a means of the state getting rid of candidates that it deems problematic from the start.
President Erdoğan on June 26 addressed students via livestream videconference -- ahead of this weekend’s university entrance exam. A newly emerged video shows Erdoğan not being happy with the way his jacket looks on him ahead of the livestream, as he does not want to have his "belly" out in the open.
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).
Istanbul's Medipol University, which is owned by Turkey's Health Minister, has come under fire for requesting video footage of students' home study rooms while they are taking final exams. Following the mounting reactions from students, the university announced that the finals scheduled for May would be postponed to June. However, the announcement did not specify whether or not the students would be monitored.
The chair of one of Turkey's largest education unions protested Ankara's decision to move up national high school and university entrance examinations, noting that the nationwide event will draw large crowds outside. Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim-Sen) Chair Feray Aytekin Aydoğan noted that nearly two million students take the high school entrance exams alone, and with the proctors and parents included, nearly eight million people will be on the streets for one day of testing.
A survey conducted at Ankara University found that 65 percent of students are dealing with higher levels of anxiety and stress due to coronavirus epidemic. The survey also highlighted how difficult it can be for college students to study online as about only half of the students have a computer of their own.
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.
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.
Turkish citizens studying abroad report lacking clear instructions from their schools and government regarding whether they must return to Turkey. Some students abroad were told by their universities that Turkey’s Council of Higher Education had told them to return to their home country, but an official from the institution refuted that such a directive was given.