Turkey’s schools plan for January return from remote education

Turkey has suspended in-person education until Jan. 5 for the time being, and schools in the country are preparing for the return after the winter break.

The National Education Ministry is planning to give students their exams for core classes -Turkish, literature, mathematics, social sciences and natural sciences- in person in the new year, utilizing reduced-capacity classrooms, columnist Nuran Çakmakçı wrote for Hürriyet on Saturday.

Midterms have been removed for the first term, and students will only need to pass one exam.

Entrance exams for high schools and universities will not include subjects covered in the spring term as education was mostly disrupted.

Some 2,000 private middle and high schools have shut down during the eleven months of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Çakmakçı said, as remote education led many parents to take their children out. More than 300,000 students have left private schools.

The ministry has stopped processing school changes between private and public institutions, she said, allowing private schools to retain some of their students, albeit unwillingly.

“There are rumours that schools won’t open in the spring term either,” the columnist said, “because March and February are tough months for diseases and the cold.”