Turkey to begin remote university classes on March 23
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
With schools, universities and colleges closed since March 13 amid efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, education has been yet another field severely affected by the COVID-19 disease, said Yekta Saraç, the head of Turkey's Council of Higher Education.
In a press conference, Saraç said Turkish education authorities quickly took action and planned alternative methods to assist students.
Upon the review of legislation, infrastructure, human resources, content and practice about remote education, Saraç told reporters that the council had found that the majority of universities in the country would be able to contribute to the initiative.
He said that over 6,000 lecturers and 50,000 students have been trained for online education over the past two years, thus easing the transition.
Saraç noted that universities lacking the necessary digital infrastructure would have access to a content cluster prepared in collaboration between the council and Ministry of National Education.