MEB has greatest share of the Turkish budgetMinister of National Education Nabi Avcı says in the last 12 years the lion’s share of the budget has been given to the Ministry of National Education (MEB) which has enabled major advances for the educational infrastructure of the country.
Minister Avcı who was welcomed by a folklore dance group at the entrance of the newly built 32 class room Nene Hatun Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School in the Karabağlat township of the İzmir province said he attends such programs on a daily basis but stressed that he is always extremely happy to be inaugurating a school.
Lion’s share of the state budget goes to MEB in the past 12 years
Minister Avcı said the Ministry of National Education (MEB) has become the leading ministry to receive the lion’s share of the state budget in the past 12 years and said much has been achieved in revamping Turkey’s educational infrastructure adding “in the past the greatest share of the budget used to go to defense due to the requirements of those times however, in the past 12 years the lion’s share of the budget is being earmarked for education and whenever the government organizes mass opening usually educational investments like educational facilities, schools and student dormitories always have the greatest share among all the other investments.”
Grand educational investments in İzmir
Saying the educational infrastructure of İzmir has developed at a fast pace during this term and said “during the 2002 and 2003 educational year there were 11 nurseries, now this figure in the 2014-2015 school year is 60. That means 49 nurseries were added. Previously the primary and secondary schools were merged so in those days while we had a total of 892 now we have 704 primary and 459 secondary schools which make a grand total of 1163 schools. The schools we are to inaugurate are not included in this figure. The same goes for high schools. We used to have a total of 92 high schools now we have 111. There were no sports high schools we opened them. There was no social sciences high school now we have three. We are experiencing very good developments regarding vocational high schools. We had 153 vocational high schools now we have 298. There were no Anatolian high schools among them now there are six. There were no music and performance arts schools we opened one. There were no music and ballet schools we opened one. Guidance and research centers were three now there are eleven.
More comfortable classes with fewer students
Despite all the developments Minister Avcı said they do not regard these investments as adequate and said the number of schools and educational establishments will be increased with the contributions of the state and the donations of the citizens and addressed the students saying “we are working day and night to provide more comfortable classes with fewer students, schools with workshops, laboratories, sports facilities.”
Little student salutes the Minister
After the ceremony Minister Avcı and others in the protocol inaugurated the school and toured the classes.
Minister Avcı also visited the nursery where the child development students are receiving on job training. A child at the nursery met the Minister greeting him in Arabic with the famous Muslim salutation “selamün aleyküm” (may the Greetings of the Almighty be upon you) and the Minister replied “aleyna ve aleyküm selam” (may the Greetings of the Almighty be also upon you).
Minister Avcı later cut the cake cooked by the students at the apllication class and offered pieces of the cake to journalists accompanying him and the teachers.