Turkish gov't won't step back from decision on prep schools

Erdogan said that the government would not step back from its decision to close prep schools.

Turkish gov't won't step back from decision on prep schools

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will not back down from its decision to close prep schools.

Erdogan’s statements came at a time when the whole country has been locked in a debate surrounding the closure of prep schools and its implications on the education system.

Speaking at a televised interview jointly aired on ATV and A Haber late on Wednesday, Erdogan touched upon the issue for the first time, insisting that the government will not step back from its earlier plan and is preparing to present the proposal within the next two weeks.

The government announced it is working on legislation to shut down all existing prep schools, arguing that they operate as a second education system. Opponents of the plan have noted that the prep schools are a consequence of the many inadequacies of Turkey's schools and education system, and say that by offering tutoring at affordable prices, prep schools help low-income students enter university.

Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 09:45
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