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Ministry warns public schools against students attending dershanes.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Ministry of Education has warned public schools against teachers encouraging students to attend preparation schools (dershanes) instead of the supplementary courses provided at public schools.

Prep schools are private institutes that help students prepare for standardized high school and college entrance exams.

According to a report in the Meydan daily on Tuesday, the written notice sent to public schools stated: "Some prep school teachers are trying to discredit [supplementary courses given by] public schools while promoting dershanes, saying: 'Do not send your children to courses provided at public schools, let us give them a scholarship. If public schools were efficient at preparing students for national exams, would the number of dershanes have increased this much?' Therefore, we kindly request that you take necessary action towards what is written above in order to prevent further unpleasant setbacks." The statement followed with a warning that read, "Especially for the attention of teachers."

Claims have been made that public schools are taking fees of between TL 500 and TL 3,000 for supplementary courses, which should be provided free of charge for public school students, and have recently been publicized by the Turkish media. The Ministry of Education in 2014 announced that supplementary courses provided by public schools would be free.

Speaking to Meydan, education unions stated that they have received a number of complaints about how public schools have found a way to get illegal income in exchange for providing supplementary courses.

Osman Bahce, chairman of the Union of Active Educators, said that the Ministry of Education's written warning is not the way to achieve its objective of increasing student attendance at supplementary courses provided by public schools. "[Leading students to attend supplementary courses instead of prep schools] creates concepts of 'good' and 'bad' teachers and causes trouble in public schools. The ministry has not gone about it right in its aim to narrow the gap [of success between prep schools and supplementary courses provided by public schools]," Bahce emphasized.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Oct 27, 2015
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