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New academic year starts in Turkey 2023-2024

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    New academic year starts in Turkey 2023-2024

    The Ministry of National Education in Turkey has ushered in the 2023-2024 academic year with substantial reforms to the education system. These transformative changes encompass adjustments to legislative regulations, modifications to absenteeism conditions in high schools, and the reintroduction of grade repetition. As this new academic year dawns, more than 20 million students and approximately 1.2 million teachers, spread across primary and secondary education institutions under the Ministry of National Education's jurisdiction, are gearing up for their educational journey.

    The anticipation of the first day of school resonates throughout the country as students, teachers, and parents embrace the possibilities of the year ahead. Special orientation training was provided to preschoolers, first graders, and ninth graders, while students entering the fifth grade of middle school received additional guidance lasting until September 15.

    In preparation for the 2023-2024 academic year, the Ministry of National Education distributed free textbooks and supplementary resources to the 20.48 million students and 1.178 million teachers who will participate.

    This academic year commences in 74,000 schools and 744,000 classrooms, with 21,560 of the 45,000 new teachers being assigned to the earthquake-affected southern region.

    The Ministry has also implemented changes related to high school exams, requiring strict in-person attendance. Personal data processing of students now requires explicit consent, as per Law No. 6698.

    Furthermore, the Ministry has introduced various innovations in written exams, including open-ended and short-answer questions, joint written exams, an exam week, and assessments of language skills.

    The first semester of the 2023-2024 academic year began on September 11, 2023, and will conclude on January 19, 2024. To address the impact of earthquakes on education, a program aimed at mitigating learning losses will run from September 11 to October 6.

    The academic calendar includes a midterm break from November 13 to November 17, 2023, and a semester break from January 22 to February 2, 2024. The second term starts on February 5, 2024, and ends on June 14, 2024, with a second-semester break from April 8 to April 12, 2024. The 2024-2025 academic year will commence on September 9, 2024.

    Government officials, teachers, students, and parents attended a ceremony marking the start of Primary Education Week in Malatya, emphasizing the importance of education and its role beyond school. Measures have been taken to ensure education continues in Malatya and other disaster-affected provinces, including the distribution of free textbooks.