Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, which has been giving a monthly scholarship of 3000 TL to 500 university students since March with the cooperative it has established by breaking new ground in Bursa, will also give a monthly scholarship of 2022 TL to 2023 vocational high school students with the 5000-300 education period.
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, which has made significant investments in all levels of education, from pre-school education to lifelong learning with BUSMEK, has given a monthly scholarship of 3000 TL to 500 university students since March with the Bursa Development and Education Cooperative, which it established by making a first of its own. In Bursa, which is an industrial city, the scholarship application was expanded to include vocational high school students in order to encourage the training of intermediate staff needed by the industry. The departments where the students who will benefit from the scholarship, which is determined as 5000 TL per month for a total of 300 vocational high school students, will receive education were determined in line with the needs of the Metropolitan Municipality with the business world. According to the scholarship support of the Metropolitan Municipality, vocational high schools' electrical-electronic technology, machinery and design technology, information technologies, accounting and finance, child development and education, food and beverage services, metal technology, motor vehicle technology, fashion design technologies, industrial automation. Technology, furniture and interior design, textile technology, accommodation and travel services, food technology, printing technology, plastic technology, agriculture, metallurgy technology, rail systems technology and shipbuilding departments will be able to benefit. Scholarship applications will be made in September and students can access detailed information from the internet address.
The application, which will provide scholarship opportunities to Vocational High School students, was introduced at the Atatürk Congress and Culture Center. Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer, Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat, Metropolitan Mayor Alinur Aktaş, Bursa Deputies Hakan Çavuşoğlu, Mustafa Esgin, Refik Özen and Vildan Yılmaz Gürel, AK Party Provincial President Davut Gürkan, students and teachers attended the meeting.
Investing in the future of our country
Speaking at the meeting that started with the mini concert of Zeki Müren Fine Arts High School, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş reminded that the municipalities had given scholarships to students before, but this practice was canceled by the Constitutional Court in 2008 with the application of the CHP. Expressing that they spend a lot of time on this issue in order to support both students and their families, President Aktaş said, “As a result of intensive negotiations with the Ministry of Commerce, we established the Bursa Development and Education Cooperative. It was also registered with Bursa Trade Registry Office. So, will the municipality transfer money to this? No. Legally this is not possible. The municipality has 8 separate subsidiaries, and there are business people who are very happy with this formation. Therefore, with these supports, we have started to give scholarships of 3000 TL to 500 university students since March this year. We are starting to implement the same practice in vocational high schools from the 2022-2023 period. We aim to train qualified people in Bursa, which has 18 Organized Industrial Zones, thousands of important industrial establishments, and TOGG, which is the dream of this country for 60 years, and therefore our country. We will give 5000 TL scholarships to 300 students who prefer related departments. We see this support as an investment in the future of our country. We will do our best to present a completely different Bursa, a completely different Turkey to our young people," he said.
The most critical education
Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer started his speech by explaining the importance of vocational education. Stating that vocational education is one of the education types with the most critical function in the education system, Özer said, “But this country faced a manipulation called the 'coefficient' in 1999 to prevent Imam Hatip High School students and Vocational High School graduates from accessing higher education. This practice took place over 10 years. As a result of this practice, the labor market started to complain about not being able to find the employee it was looking for. The coefficient application, which has been in effect for 10 years, has really destroyed vocational education and increased the success gap between schools. We worked day and night to repair the damage this practice caused to vocational training. Our past ministers and bureaucrats have made great efforts. We have completely changed the paradigm in vocational education. The employer no longer waits for graduates in vocational training. He entered all the education processes and we are updating the curriculum together.”
Minister Özer noted that vocational high schools, which had a production capacity of around 3 million TL 200 years ago, closed the year 2021 with 1 billion 162 million, and approximately 55 million TL of this production was distributed to students. Noting that there are high schools exporting abroad for the first time, Minister Özer said, “We have made a law change regarding vocational education centers. After this change, while there were 25 thousand apprentices and journeymen in this system on 2021 December 159, this number increased to 5 thousand in a short time like 510 months, and as our President stated, we will hopefully have brought 2022 million young people together with vocational training centers by the end of 1. With the application initiated by our Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, 3000 TL per month will be given to our 300 students if they choose the relevant department of the vocational high school. I just spoke with my president. I said, '3000 students are not enough, there should be 5000 students' and here in Bursa, 5000 TL scholarships will be given to 300 of our young people in order to strengthen this vocational education move. I congratulate our mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality," he said.
Bursa Deputy Hakan Çavuşoğlu also said that vocational high schools were devalued and discredited due to tutelage. Reminding that no matter which businessman they meet, the question of intermediate staff comes to the fore, Çavuşoğlu said, “They even gave up using this concept of intermediate staff, nowadays they have started to use the concept of wanted staff. And these are our career-oriented, talented and talented young people who will graduate from vocational high schools with your choice. I would like to thank the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality for this campaign, which paved the way for you to go to vocational high schools in this sense.”
Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat also said that they will continue all kinds of struggles to make Bursa a city that can compete in the international arena in education, especially in vocational education, and that provides quality education. Noting that the Metropolitan Municipality resolved the issue of granting scholarships to students by establishing BURSKOOP, Canbolat said, “I think that the first mechanism, the institutional structure, in which regular scholarships can be given in Turkey, has been established. In this sense, I congratulate the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality and his valuable team.