The Turkish government has tried to distribute tablet computers to hundreds of families still displaced from their homes by an earthquake that struck the eastern province of Van in 2011 reportedly on condition that the families become party members. While many children have become dependent on tablets for remote education during the pandemic, the seeming bribe angered some residents of the settlement.
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.
Education Minister Ziya Selçuk has announced that schools will reopen on Aug. 31 with distance learning, but face-to-face lessons will not resume until Sept. 21. Selçuk's comments came after the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee suggested that face-to-face lessons should be postponed for at least a month amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selçuk has said that the occupancy rate of Islamic schools - Anatolian İmam Hatip high schools - has reached 99.8 percent. The statistics drew ire on social media, with hundreds of users pointing to the fact that students who fail to enroll in a high school are automatically placed in İmam Hatip schools.
A Turkish Coronavirus Science Committee member said that the muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha would determine whether schools could reopen at the end of August. The professor noted that social traffic during celebrations could make infections spike.
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.
Turkish Deputy Parliament Speaker and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Levent Gök broke a world record on running the longest uninterrupted session in a national parliament with eight hours and 13 minutes.
Turkey's Education Ministry has given the same response to two separate parliamentary questions submitted by an opposition deputy. The inquiries that Ersoy submitted pertained to two separate books that were being distributed in public schools, to which Minister Ziya Selçuk replied by giving the same generic legally-worded explanation.
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.
Turkey's Education Minister Ziya Selçuk has said that there is not yet "a clear date" for schools reopening but signaled that the option of September or October "outweighs" the others amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
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.