National Education Minister Nabi Avcı announced Friday that prep schools, which were supposed to be abolished after a government decision, will be converted into "special education institutions" instead after a recent Constitutional Court ruling ordered the cancellation of a September deadline for their closure.
The minister said a new regulation on prep schools, which provides supplementary courses mainly for students preparing for university admission exams, will be enacted in the coming days. The regulation describes prep schools as special education institutions, and prep schools that already applied to convert to private colleges under a government program will be able to be converted to special institutions where the number of students enrolled will be limited to 16 per classroom. They will also be allowed to operate for only six days per week. Previously, they were permitted to operate for seven days.
Prep schools, tasked with preparing students for the nationwide university entrance examination, emerged in the 1970s as a result of a problematic educational system. It then turned into a lucrative source of income for organizations running educational institutions across the country, particularly the Gülen Movement - a shady organization accused of attempting to overthrow the government through its infiltrators within the police and judiciary.