30,000 teachers appointed across Turkey after delay

The Ministry of Education appointed 30,000 teachers across the country.

30,000 teachers appointed across Turkey after delay

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Ministry of Education, which had delayed the release of the list for teacher appointments in August following allegations of cheating on a state examination given to candidates for teaching positions, appointed 30,000 teachers across the country.

Teachers are appointed according to their test results on the State Personnel Examination (KPSS).

The results of the educational sciences section of this year's KPSS, which was held in July, were invalidated after approximately 3,200 people answering most or all of the questions on the test correctly -- a first in Turkey -- led to allegations that candidates cheated during the test or obtained the questions ahead of the exam. A total of 294,909 teaching candidates took a rewritten version of the KPSS' educational sciences section on Oct. 31.

Of those candidates 30,000 were appointed in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Education.

Education Minister Nimet Çubukçu spoke during the ceremony and said that more teachers than ever before were appointed in 2010.

Stating that teachers should always keep up with educational developments, Çubukçu said the ministry expects teachers not only to convey information to students but also to provide them with the abilities to analyze and solve problems.

Noting that as of today the ministry employs 608,029 teachers around Turkey, Çubukçu said half of these teachers have been appointed by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

The head of the ministry's human resources department, Necmettin Yalçın, also spoke during the ceremony and provided details on the appointments.

He said 26,934 teachers were being appointed for the first time and that the teachers were appointed in 96 fields. Recalling that applications for appointment were received by the ministry between Nov. 25 and Dec. 3, he said 92,065 candidates applied to the ministry, while only 90,134 of the applicants were accepted.

The teachers who were appointed yesterday will be able to begin teaching at their designated schools as of today.

Last Mod: 06 Aralık 2010, 16:55
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