Schools were not opened for 4 million children!

CHP İzmir Deputy and Clerk Member of the Presidential Council of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Atty. Kılıç brought 4 million children who could not go to school to the agenda of the Parliament. CHP Atty. Kılıç submitted his written parliamentary question on the subject to the Presidency of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, with the request of the Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer to answer.

CHP Atty. Sevda Erdan Kılıç, in her written statement, stated that the Ministry of National Education announced the formal education statistics for the 2021-2022 academic year. Accordingly, since the implementation of the 4+4+4 education model, the schooling rate at primary school level has decreased from 98.9 percent to 93.16 percent, and from 93.1 percent to 89.84 percent at secondary school level. Stating that the schooling rate increased from 67.37 percent to 89.67 percent at the same level, CHP Deputy Atty. Sevda Erdan Kılıç emphasized that the fact that schooling is not one hundred percent cannot be explained because primary, secondary and high schools are within the scope of compulsory education.


Member of the Council of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Atty. Kılıç continued his statement as follows:

“When we compare the schooling rates with these age groups, a sad picture emerges. What is this sad picture? We are faced with the fact that 453 thousand children at primary school level, 654 thousand children at secondary school level and 388 thousand children at high school level do not go to school. In total, 1 million 495 thousand children do not go to school. So where are these children and why are they not going to school? We expect the Ministry of National Education, which is ‘related to education’, to respond to these questions immediately. When we look to see if the Ministry is making efforts to find these children who are out of formal education and to bring them back to school, unfortunately, we do not see this effort. We can give the best example of this from Izmir. At the beginning of this year, we determined that the students of Barbaros Hayrettin Secondary School in our Konak District, residing in Emir Sultan District, have not been to school for months and that some of the children who did not go to school went to cult courses. Does the ministry make an effort to find out-of-school children, or does it prefer not to? If you go to an industrial site, you will find a serious part of it. But the real question is ‘do you want to find it?’ After wanting to call, these children are found in barbers, hairdressers, industry, agriculture, at home. They are in education age but not in education.”

CHP Deputy Atty. Kılıç stated that 1 million 566 thousand children go to open education schools and said, “This number is very high. Students are required to take part in formal education. What does a student do in the open when there is school? What is the middle school, high school age child doing in open education? The fact that children do not go to formal education leads to an increase in child marriages and child labor.” spoke his words.


Member of the Presidency Council of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Atty. Sevda Erdan Kılıç stated that when 1 million 566 thousand children in open education and 520 thousand children in vocational education are added to 1 million 495 thousand children without school registration, the total number of students who are not in formal education increases to 3 million 581 thousand. about 4 million children cannot go to school, they are far from school. These are children excluded, alienated and forgotten by the education system. The Ministry should urgently work on this issue.” said.


CHP Deputy Atty. Sevda Erdan Kılıç concluded her statement with the following words, pointing out that while there are many reasons why children cannot go to school, the biggest reason is economic reasons:

“Families who cannot find bread for their children to eat even at home cannot send their children to school, and we are sad to see that those who send them cannot put anything to eat in their lunchbox, and that children go to school hungry and return hungry. With each passing day, we witness that more and more children drop out of school for different reasons. A significant number of children are forced to drop out of school due to poverty and work in various sectors. According to the research of the Turkish Education Association, 676,000 children aged 14-17 did not return to school last year due to poverty. Instead of going to school, these children go to work to support their families. Children at this age should not worry about the future. Those who will make these children talk about the economy, who will look for the future abroad, and those who do evil should not come together. We will change this order, which the government considers good for children. As our Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said, when we come to power as the Nation Alliance, one of our priorities will be education. We will abolish transported education. Wherever there are children, there will be teachers. We will open all village schools. In our government, we will increase the schooling rate to 100 percent, as befits the Republic of Turkey, which is a modern, modern and secular country.”

Kılıç asked Minister Özer the following questions:

1- What is the number of children at school age in Turkey? How many of these children have been registered in the compulsory 4+4+4 education system, and how many have not? What is the distribution of this according to the provinces? What is the gender and age distribution of children leaving education?

2- Have there been any studies on why school-age children do not go to school? If it was done, what was the result? If not, is it considered to be done?

3- Has there been any study on why children who start school drop out? If it was done, what was the result? If not, is it considered to be done?

4- What is the distribution of children leaving education by provinces? What is the gender and age distribution of children leaving education?

5- Is there financial assistance provided by your ministry or the government to children who cannot continue their education life due to economic reasons so that they can continue to school? If so, how much is the amount of aid over the years?

6- Has it been determined whether school-age children work in a job, and if so, how many children work in which sector?

7- How many school-age children got married in the last year, on the condition of specifying separately as girls and boys? In which province is the school-age child married the most and the least?

8- How many girls who could not go to school when they were supposed to go to school and got married became mothers?

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Gündem by

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