The Ministry of Education has denied recent media reports that claimed the ministry is planning to set up a commission to revise the 4+4+4 education system to address some problems that emerged since it came into effect at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.
The government adopted a new education law in Parliament in March 2012 that was approved by President Abdullah Gül within weeks. The law increased the current duration of compulsory education from an uninterrupted eight years to 12 years and divided it into three four-year stages -- primary school, middle school and high school -- and is popularly known as the “4+4+4” education law. The reform also lowered the mandatory age for starting school to 66 months from the previous 72 months. Parents are also able to send their children to primary school beginning as early as 60 months if they wish. These changes were met with harsh criticism from education experts and child psychiatrists, who warned that children under the age of 72 months were not pedagogically ready to attend primary school.
Releasing a written statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Education stated that it does not plan to make any major change to the current school enrollment system for students between 60 and 66 months as stated in the media reports published on Monday. “Media reports stated that a new enrollment system will be adopted by the ministry for students turning the age of 60 and 66 months, but these reports are not correct. There is no such change on the agenda of the ministry. There is no plan to return to the former education system at all. The ministry will resolutely continue to implement the recent education reforms in the coming school years.”
Stating that the 4+4+4 education system was adopted in 2012 with the goal of increasing the quality of Turkish education to bring it into line with the standards of the European Union and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, the ministry statement also noted: “Only one year has passed since the system came into effect. The ministry has only brought some minor changes to the system according to assessment reports by the school administrations and teachers. One of these changes is to separate the classrooms of students according to the age of students in order to remove the negative effects on younger students of receiving an education with older students. The physical conditions in the classrooms were changed according to the needs of the younger students.”
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2013, 10:24