Changes in the Education System under the AK Parti Governments
Keywords:Turkey, education, AK Parti.
AbstractThe Turkish Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) after its first electoral victory in 2002 slowly started to reform the educational system of the country after a decade of economic crisis and political uncertainty. Without changing the driving principles of the 1973 law on education, the ruling party of Turkey managed to establish a new structure in which both students and families took their share of responsibility, ensured finances and took cognizance of western educational trends. The original aim of the AK Parti was to strengthen democracy and make freedom an essential component of the whole system; in fact, lately, it considered education as more a tool for progress at a time Turkey was dreaming of becoming a regional power.
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