05/23/2019, 13.37
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Islamic morals become compulsory in Turkish schools

The Turkish Ministry of National Education announced changes to the education system. Mathematics, Philosophy and History will be optional. For the Education Minister, "It is impossible for students to understand 15-16 subjects".

Istanbul (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Turkey’s Ministry of National Education plans to make Turkish Literature and Religious Culture and Morals mandatory in Turkish high schools, whilst Mathematics will be optional.

The changes are part of a reform of high school curriculum. A few days ago, Education Minister Ziya Selçuk announced the changes, which include the reduction of compulsory subjects.

Although the contents of the courses will not change, Turkish Literature and Religious Culture and Morals will be mandatory as will courses in humanities and sciences.

At the same time, students will be able to choose among a greater number of course, including philosophy and history.

Explaining the reasons for the reduction in compulsory courses, Selcuk said that "It is impossible for a student to understand 15-16 subjects and learn them correctly".

According to the minister, the changes will adapt the curriculum to the aspirations of each student.

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