Turkey to reopen schools from Sept 21

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Turkey will reopen schools on Sept. 21 with measures in place to counter the coronavirus, the country’s education minister said on Aug. 12.

Ziya Selçuk said in a news conference that students will return to the campus gradually and in phases.

The minister said classrooms will be arranged in accordance with social distancing rules and schools provided with disinfectants and masks.

He went on to say that the continuation of face-to-face classes depended on how responsibly families and students behaved.

According to Selçuk, swift measures will be taken if students’ families or nearby circles are diagnosed with coronavirus.

Over 2,000 inspectors have been checking standards of schools ahead of the planned reopening.

The new school year will commence nationwide on Aug. 31 with classes held remotely.

Private schools may start online classes from Aug. 17.

Schools across the country were closed in mid-March as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Hurriyet Daily News

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