Governments across the world continue to talk and congratulate Turkey’s handling of education amid the coronavirus pandemic, Education Minister Ziya Selçuk said on Monday.
The minister’s remarks came during his online address to teachers as schools across Turkey went into a weeklong fall break.
Speaking on Education Information Network (EBA), Selçuk said the pandemic brought many challenges to everyday life and that highlighted “the indispensability” of education and teachers.
“Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced obstacles and brought education to a halt. But if we had waited for the obstacles to be removed, we would have been standing in the same place still. So we didn’t, we went marching on by carving new paths for us,” he said.
He said keeping education going during the pandemic was a monumental effort and that it wouldn’t have been possible without the sacrifices of teachers, whom he thanked.
“Today, the success Turkey has shown in education continues to be lauded across the world. This achievement is yours, our thanks is to all of you,” the minister said.