Thursday, June 09, 2005

High schools to be harmonized with EU standards

Education Minister Çelik says the integration of the education sector with Europe will be one of the first topics in Turkey’s accession negotiations

As part of adopting European Union standards in education, Education Minister Hüseyin Çelik yesterday announced that high school education will be extended to four years from three, reported the Anatolia news agency.

Speaking at a press conference Çelik said the education system will be one of the first topics to be negotiated with the EU when formal accession talks begin on Oct. 3.

Students entering high school for the 2005-2006 term would be required to complete four years' schooling to graduate. There are other minor changes in the overall education system as well. Citing European countries such as Germany, Italy, Finland and Hungary as examples, Çelik said these regulations are required for the harmonization of Turkish education with EU countries.

(Source: Turkish Daily News)

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