Turkey is planning to relaunch face-to-face education for all elementary school students, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday evening following a Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara.
He added that eighth-grade and 12th-grade students will also return to their schools.
“We are starting face-to-face education in the second, third, fourth, eighth and 12th grades in accordance with determined rules” to stem the spread of coronavirus, Erdoğan said.
Turkey will give free tablet computers to half a million students starting next week, he added.
Later in the day, Education Minister Ziya Selçuk announced that all students in elementary school, eighth grade and 12th grade will restart face-to-face education on Oct. 12.
Some students had returned to their classes on Sept. 21 as schools in Turkey partially reopened amid the coronavirus outbreak.