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Turkey: Online education starts amid COVID-19 outbreak

A student watches his lecture from the TV within the distance education program, on 23 March 2020 in Ankara, Turkey. [Volkan Furuncu - Anadolu Agency]
A student watches his lecture from the TV within the distance education program, on 23 March 2020 in Ankara, Turkey. [Volkan Furuncu - Anadolu Agency]

Turkey began airing broadcast school lessons on Monday as part of distance learning measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, Anadolu reports.

National Education Minister Ziya Selcuk taught the first class for millions of students at 09.00 a.m. local time (0600GMT).

On March 13, Turkey announced that all educational facilities from primary schools to universities would be shut so the virus could be contained in the country, where there are 1,236 coronavirus cases and 30 deaths.

The remote lessons will be available online and on TV.

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Students will be able to benefit from the Education Information Network (EBA), where lessons can be monitored online with the participation of teachers and students, according to Selcuk, with six TV channels specially reserved for educational use to air them until the end of the pandemic.

Depending on the grade and student, a variety of lessons such as Turkish, math, social and physical sciences, English, biology and geography will be aired for 20 minutes each, one after the other.

Students will also be able to watch the lessons later in the evening, and they will also be available on the EBA website.

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