Turkish 15-year-olds behind world counterparts
World Bank report
AA PhotoA recent World Bank report showed that the average Turkish 15-year-old is below her average OECD counterpart in reading, math and science.
The press release of the report states that though education has strongly improved in Turkey in the last decade, the country still faces problems in terms of the “equity and quality” of the education system.
Just 16 percent of 15-year-olds attend schools with "average reading, math or science test scores that are comparable to or above the OECD average," creating an even wider gap among students caused by the varying degrees of quality of the education provided, according to the report.
The most important factor for the gaps in education comes from the "socio-economic and family background of individuals."
Turkey has to improve education in order "to respond to the growth and competitive ambitions of the country," the report stated while suggesting that better early childhood education, more efficient teachers, better systems of financing and more accountability could be possible solutions to the challenges.