Minister of National Education Ziya Selçuk explained the details and preparations of the face-to-face training that will start on September 21st.
Selcuk, who was asked whether he would send his child to school if he was a parent who attends pre-school or primary school first grade, pointed out that this is a family issue as well as a social and global issue, and said that he would always prefer to make such a decision based on data.
Stating that it is very natural for parents to be concerned about this issue, Selçuk pointed out that the decision of face-to-face education in schools was taken for pre-school and primary school 1st graders only for two days in order to ensure the necessary conditions, minimize the risk and keep it at a controlled level.
Reminding that Health Minister Fahrettin Koca formulated education in schools as "2 plus 5 days" after the Scientific Committee Meeting, Selçuk said that they attach great importance to the recommendations of the Scientific Committee and take the decisions by consulting.
Referring to the reasons for this decision, Selçuk said, “When you go to school for 2 days and do not go to school for 5 days, those 5 days have a dimension about whether symptoms appear in the family, the environment, the service driver, the teacher. So it is 2 plus 5 days for now, but if the conditions change, of course the days and the numbers will change. " used the expressions.
Stating that they do not want to force anyone, this is not only an academic decision, but a psychological and sociological decision, Selçuk emphasized the importance of building parents' trust in this sense.
"Our schools are one of the most reliable places in public places"
Minister Selçuk stated that schools informed parents about the measures taken, and that approximately 60 thousand first-grade teachers in public schools held parents' meetings, and drew attention to the fact that almost all European countries opened all classes full-time.
“Our schools are one of the safest places in public places. Because there is continuous control, disinfection process and follow-up. " Selçuk said that they made the decision to open schools in a controlled manner in consultation with health experts.
"We want half of the class to come on Monday-Tuesday"
Minister Selçuk, “What days will be 2 days in face-to-face training? All in Turkey or thought of me as the same days will be left to the provinces or school administrator? " On the question, “Basically, we want half of the class to come on Mondays and Tuesdays. Let's say this is the 'red, green or blue group'. We want the second group to come as the blue group, Thursday-Friday, and take a break on Wednesday and weekend. Why do we divide it into two, if we don't, we cannot maintain social distance. " said.
Stating that the labels are affixed so that only one child can sit in two rows, Selçuk stated that they can easily maintain social distance in the classroom in this way.
Selçuk pointed out that the number of classes will decrease when parents who do not want to send their children to school will decrease, “We are sure of the preparations we have made in our classes, we are extremely confident of the skills and knowledge of our teachers.” he spoke.
In response to the question about the “parent's undertaking” to be signed by the parents who will send their children to school, Selçuk said that this was interpreted badly in some places and that the letter of undertaking never meant “you are responsible for this” for the parents.
Ziya Selçuk stated that this is a confirmation form that the parents are informed.
A system was established to instantly receive case information with HES follow-up.
Minister of National Education Selçuk continued as follows: “In case of any positive case with HES follow-up, I am telling for all parents, teachers, service drivers, we already get this information instantly. We set up such a system, it was completed today. I explain for the first time. This is a joint effort of the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Health. Regarding the follow-up of all our parents, if there is a positive case in any family, we take a precaution with the teacher in the classroom where our child is. So we invite that class to distance education. As soon as we receive information about our child, we will take it to a private room, inform the parents and the health institution. There is a necessary procedure that will be applied. "
Stating that the distance education option will continue for parents who do not want to send their children to school, and those who want to send their children to school will also approve the form, Selçuk made the following evaluations after the question of a parent who was unsure whether to send their child to pre-school education this year, on the air: “My suggestion is of course referrals because those ages are very critical ages, the ages we call 'buyer age'. Therefore, we need to reduce the things our children miss. In other words, he should come face to face with education more. It can wait a year, but I still recommend sending it. Our children have more difficulty in primary school 1 when they do not receive basic concepts in preschool. I recommend it from that point of view. "
Selçuk, "Will two days be enough for first grade primary school students?" In response to his question, he said that this period will not be enough, but they will support parents and students with the work to be done in the remaining days.
Pointing out the importance of primary school first grade students who entered the school environment for the first time to establish ties with their teachers and schools, Selçuk pointed out that this bond will not be formed if the children never go to school.
Selçuk said, “We have the goal of emotional bonding, socializing and getting to know the school environment even for two days. So our goal is not just academic in those two days. In fact, our goal is for more children to get used to the environment, to get through the adaptation process fast and to meet their teacher. This is our main goal. Because he sees it for the first time. It is very difficult to connect with someone you see for the first time, who you do not know. That's why primary school 1 is very important. We want to engage our children who stayed at school until March in primary school 1 last year and could not go to school afterwards. Because they were also left unfinished. " he spoke.
Minister Selçuk stated that they will complete the deficiencies by sharing the curriculum with children through channels such as EBA TV.
"A reassessment will be made about other classes in a few weeks"
Minister of National Education Selçuk answered the question of when the face-to-face education will start at other levels as follows: “A reassessment will be made about the other classes in a few weeks. There is no calendar, it can not be because I do not know the course of the number of cases. I do not know what the Scientific Committee will say about a month later, they are watching, they do not know right now. It is not very correct to say 'it will be like this' when you do not know this. We have a great responsibility and we have to make very careful decisions under this responsibility. Our aim, our wish is to open them all. "
Selçuk said that it is currently being considered as a gradual and diluted model for the other stages. Selçuk stated that if the provincial sanitation boards give advice about education, they will take it into consideration. Selçuk said, “Everything will be the same in every province, we cannot speak with such rigor. We have to make a flexible assessment by looking at the situation. " used the expressions.
"We bring up the issue of taking exams in schools"
On the question of whether there will be a curriculum arrangement for the 8th and 12th grades preparing for the exams, Selçuk said, “This year, we bring our students to the agenda to be responsible for the whole curriculum and to have exams in schools in terms of assessment and evaluation. We will make the official release soon. There are no exams in primary school, we will hold our exams in schools for secondary schools, high schools, that is, for all our children who are exam subjects in the legislation. " he spoke.
Minister Selçuk stated that this will be valid even if distance education continues.
In response to the question of how the course exams will be, Minister Selçuk said, “We have to make exams with an appointment system. Because we cannot call all students to school on the same day. Suppose that 7th grade students have an exam, their day and hour may be separate, one may come in the morning and one in the afternoon. Schools arrange them. The framework for these is ready. " shared his knowledge.
Minister Selçuk stated that the central exams held within the scope of the High School Transition System (LGS) will be held in June this year, and the decision on the date will be made according to the conditions of that day.
Selçuk added that students can take off their masks in classes if they wish, provided the necessary conditions are met.