Turkish government announces education action plan

Turkey's educational targets for the next five years have been laid out, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday.

Turkish government announces education action plan
The plan, which covers the period between 2008 and 2012, aims to bring the percentage of children in preschools up to 50 percent. In order to reach this target, the ministry seeks to add at least 155,000 students to preschools by increasing awareness in the society about the importance of starting children's education even if they are too young for elementary school.

The government will seek to improve educational quality under the plan by allocating the biggest budget share to education. The primary target is to ensure there is not a single school remaining with infrastructural problems such as inadequate equipment, an insufficient number classrooms or poor physical conditions. Increasing the qualifications of teachers is also among the targets. The government plans to introduce a new system in which children would be channeled into an educational direction starting from elementary school.

A 30-student maximum class size in elementary and secondary education is another of the plan's goals, which will require the government build more classrooms. Another task that awaits the Education Ministry, according to the government's plan, is to increase girls' enrollment in schools.

The government also wants to reform the secondary school system. The different varieties and types of schools will be decreased; instead, regular schools will include a larger variety of different programs. The government aims to ensure that every school in Turkey has Internet access, which means a significant increase in the use of information and communication technologies for students.

The plan also aims to make vocational education more attractive for students by establishing strong links between vocational schools and the job market. Under the plan, it will be much easier for vocational students to further pursue their education at a university if they wish. Professional and technical curricula in vocational schools will be based on the rapid world technological advances, internationalization and global competition.

Universities will be encouraged to participate in solving the problems of their region to support regional development. The amount of government stipends for students will be increased, with no cuts in the number of students under such schemes.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Kasım 2007, 18:17