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Majority of Turks dissatisfied with state of education system: survey

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Over 65 percent of Turks, including supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), are dissatisfied with the current state of the education system, the Diken news website reported on Monday, citing the results of a survey conducted by the Yöneylem Social Research Center.

The results of the survey were announced on social media by the research center as the 2023-2024 academic year began for nearly 20 million students in Turkey on Monday.

According to the poll, which was conducted on 2,100 voters in 27 provinces between Aug. 28 and 30, 49.2 percent of participants said they think the state of the education system in Turkey is “very bad,” while 16.1 percent said it is “bad.”

The survey also revealed that 22.2 percent think the education system is “neither good nor bad,” 7.3 percent think it is “good” and 3 percent think it is “very good.”

The distribution of votes by political parties showed that 16.9 percent of AKP supporters, 70.7 percent of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) voters and 14.9 percent of MHP supporters are among those who say the state of the education system is “very bad.”

The participants who say it is “bad” included 13.4 percent of AKP voters, 15.2 percent of CHP supporters and 19.1 percent of MHP voters.

Meanwhile, the Hatay Earthquake Victim Association Initiative issued a press statement on Sunday regarding the education problems in Hatay, one of the areas hardest hit by powerful earthquakes on Feb. 6.

The magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes affected 11 provinces in the country’s south and southeast on Feb. 6, killing more than 50,000 people and leaving millions homeless.

The initiative’s founder, Ekrem Deveci, said students, teachers and parents are deeply concerned that despite seven months passing since the earthquakes, the Ministry of Education has been unable to provide a suitable school environment in the city.

“Due to the earthquakes, many schools were destroyed or damaged to the extent that they cannot be used for education. As for the remaining schools that were not severely damaged and were open in April, we cannot access them due to ongoing renovations that started in September. The fate of some moderately damaged schools is still uncertain. It is unclear whether these buildings will be demolished or reinforced,” Deveci said.

He added that that some of the structurally sound schools that need to be prepared for classes are unfortunately being used by other public institutions, making it impossible to use them for their intended purpose.

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