World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's new academic year kicked off today for around 17 million students and 800,000 teachers with a new education system that increases the duration of compulsory education from an uninterrupted eight years to 12 years in three stages.
First graders and pre-school students started school last Monday, a week before other students, as part of an orientation program.
With the recent “4+4+4” education law, children who have reached 66 months of age in September have to register at a primary school.
Since being published in Turkey's Official Gazette on April 11, 2012, the new education law has been criticized due to a lack of the required infrastructure and the young age of first-grade students.
The country's number of classrooms was already inadequate, and the problem is now even bigger. Despite the 11,536 classrooms that have been built since the law came into force, many cities are in dire need of more classrooms to ensure proper conditions for education.
In addition to concerns about the new system, parents continue to worry that students who attend morning session classes may have problems sleeping as a result of having to get up before sunrise to make it to school on time; meanwhile, those attending the afternoon session will not finish until the evening -- around 7:00-7:30 p.m. They also worry that the students may not have sufficient breaks.
The 2012-2013 academic year ends on June 14, 2013.
John Bass addresses 8th Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit
BIST 100 index opens 0.19 percent higher, US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands at around 3.56
A PKK militant Abdi Ferhad Sahin who is on the most wanted list has been seen briefing an American commander in Syria
Officer probably served during Russo-Ottoman war of 1877-78
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim talks to President Masoud Barzani after Turkish airstrike
President accuses developed countries of turning blind eye to famine facing 14 million people
Turkey-Africa First Agriculture Ministers Meeting and Agribusiness Forum to be held on Thursday and Friday
Omer Celik calls airstrikes matter of national security, criticizes US expression of 'concern' in their wake
Ankara-based operations target suspected infiltration of Turkey's police force
Turkish Embassy has demanded that Greek authorities arrest those responsible, says Foreign Ministry
Renovated pediatric care unit in largest hospital in East African island nation unveiled with Turkish equipment
40 terrorists in northern Iraq and 30 in northeastern Syria killed early Tuesday, says Turkish General Staff
Council of Europe vote to impose monitoring comes after report on Turkey's democratic institutions
CHP leader says both sides uncomfortable with election board's decision to accept unsealed ballot papers
'I think we will consider this issue in the coming months,' Binali Yildirim says