In his written statement, Minister Özer emphasized that they have taken every precaution to ensure access to education for students in the earthquake zone and students transferred from this region to other provinces.
Stating that 202,817 students studying at pre-school, primary, secondary and high school levels in 10 provinces affected by the earthquakes were transferred to other provinces in line with their demands, Özer said that different numbers of students were transferred to all 71 provinces except for the provinces where the earthquake disaster occurred.
Regarding transfers, Özer said, “Ankara was the province with the highest number of transfers among the first 5 provinces with 27 thousand 679 students. Antalya was the province with the highest number of transfers with 18 thousand 922, Mersin 18 thousand 878, Istanbul 15 thousand 19 and Konya with 11 thousand 366 students. There were provinces where the transfer was made”.
Mahmut Özer noted that 167 students were transferred to schools abroad under the Ministry of National Education.
Over 3.5 million students in 10 provinces
Stating that there were a total of 3 million 600 thousand 891 students, including public and private education institutions, in 10 provinces where the earthquake disaster occurred, Özer continued as follows:
“We see that of our 202,817 students who were transferred after the earthquake, with 66,916 students, the most transfers were from Hatay to other provinces. After Hatay, Kahramanmaraş was the province with the highest number of student transfers, with 50,245 students. Malatya 36 thousand 900, Adıyaman 21 thousand 629, Gaziantep 13 thousand 706, Osmaniye 3 thousand 853, Adana 3 thousand 635, Diyarbakir 2 thousand 808, Şanlıurfa 2 thousand 803, and 322 students from Kilis transferred to other provinces.
Minister Özer emphasized that they will always continue to be by their side in the education process of children and that they will offer all kinds of opportunities to ensure that students have access to education.
Transfer students will be exempted from absenteeism provisions.
Minister Özer stated that they are also working to reduce the effects of negative emotions experienced after the earthquake and to strengthen the psychosocial resilience of the students.
Reminding that students studying in the earthquake zone do not have to attend the second semester of the 2022-2023 academic year, Özer said, “We included our students who were transferred from 10 provinces to other provinces due to the earthquake disaster in this decision. Thus, all our students who were affected by the earthquake were exempted from the provisions regarding absenteeism in line with the decision we made. they will be exempt”.
Özer stated that as the ministry, they delivered the education sets prepared to meet the stationery needs of the students affected by the earthquake, as well as the textbooks and auxiliary resources, and said, “We have reprinted the textbooks and auxiliary resources for our students at all grade levels, and we have provided all kinds of materials that these students need, including stationery. We deliver educational material,” he said.