213 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2022The Ministry of National Education started a campaign in 2022 in an effort to support professional improvement training programs for teachers. As a first step of this campaign, the Ministry has founded the Teacher Information Network (ÖBA) digital platform during the midterm holiday between January 24 and February 4. The platform has increased the number of training program options for teachers. For the first time in the history of the Ministry, school based professional improvement programs were organized and these programs provided teachers the opportunity to attend more than one training program according to their own interests and desires. Number of teachers who attended training programs in the first four months of 2021 was 780 thousand and 482 and this figure increased by 213 percent and reached a total of 2 million 439 thousand and 223 in the first four months of 2022.
1 million 404 thousand and 338 teachers and school administrators attended professional improvement training programs organized between April 11 and 15, 2022.
54 percent of those who attended training programs preferred general knowledge, 23 percent of them attended personal improvement and 13 percent of them participated in professional knowledge programs.
Training program per teacher figures increased to 38 hours
Professional improvement training program organized by the Ministry per teacher increased by 73 percent in the first four months of 2022 when compared to the same period of 2021 and reached 38 hours.
Number of school administrators who attended training programs increased by 75 percent
The Ministry also gave importance to professional improvement training programs for school administrators. It offers a wide range of training programs for them in an effort to reinforce school climates. Within this framework, the number of school administrators who attended training programs increased by 75 percent in the first four months of 2022 when compared to the figures of 2021.
Training per teacher goal is reset as 120 hours
Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer stated, "One of our priorities is to support professional and personal improvement programs for teachers. Participation to the training programs organized in 2021 was increased by 163 percent and reached 2,9 million when compared to 2020. In 2022, we founded ÖBA in an effort to increase training program options and it was first used during the midterm holiday between January 24 and February 4. We see that teachers demand training programs more when we increase their options. For example, 780,482 teachers have attended training programs in the first four months of 2021. In the first four months of 2022, this figure increased by 213 percent and reached 2 million 439 thousand and 223. This increase allowed us to reset our goal concerning training program per student figures as 120 hours."
For the first time in its history, the Ministry organizes school based professional improvement training programs
Stressing that school-based professional improvement training programs were among the most important activities of the Ministry in 2022, Özer said, "From now on, schools decide which training programs they will organize according to their needs and the Ministry sends the required budget. This program is the first of its kind. We have increased the budget allocated for training programs by 35 times."