Give more autonomy to Turkish teachers, says OECD
ISTANBUL – Anadolu AgencyThe quality of Turkish education has to be improved for the country to become a more dynamic and competitive society, visiting OECD acting director Andreas Schleicher told an Istanbul audience on April 21.
Schleicher said that despite some improvements, Turkey still came last in Europe in terms of assessments in mathematics and sciences.
“Turkey has made enormous process, a lot of improvements. If you compare the PISA [student development] results in 2012 and 2013, you can see the country has been moving up further.
However, according to the latest PISA results, Turkey ranks last among EU countries and only beats Mexico among OECD countries in assessments of mathematics, literacy, science and problem-solving skills,” he added.
Schleicher stressed that the quality of the Turkish education system could not be improved without the quality of teachers also being improved.
“Turkey has a fair, objective and rigorous evaluation system for teachers. While many other countries struggle with this, Turkey has achieved this already. My concern is more about relevance. You don’t become a good teacher just by reproducing a lot of knowledge. Good education systems really try to attract the most talented teachers into the most challenging classrooms, and to get the best principals for the most difficult schools,” he said.
Schleicher also added that the improvement of schools in Turkey was a fundamental necessity to support economic development.
“Turkey aims to transform itself into a knowledge society with a highly competitive economy capable of sustainable development and eventually becoming a member of the European Union. Education is of strategic importance in pursuit of these challenging goals, urging constant progress in equity, quality, education for democratic citizenship and formation of social capital” he said.