Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Govt draws rose-colored picture, but school and textbook problems continue

While Turkey's new school year got off to a troubled start yesterday, the government painted a rosy state of affairs.

The books featuring the new curriculum are still not ready, which means that students are starting the year without their textbooks. It's still unclear when the new books will be distributed.

Students set to attend a primary school in Karaman stayed home on the first day because their school remains under construction. The school's construction started three weeks ago and still has yet to be completed. The students will therefore have to start the new year much later than the rest of Turkey's students. The students' parents criticized school officials over the delay.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan enthusiastically called Turkey's schools the country's "nursery." Education Minister Huseyin Celik said that the new education year has started with the support of new reforms.

Read the rest of the article on The New Anatolian

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