Students in Turkey to head back to school on Monday

By Selma Kasap and Ahmet Sertan Usul

ANKARA (AA) – Some 18 million children and more than a million teachers in Turkey will head back to school on Monday at the start of the new academic year.

The first semester will end on Jan.18, 2019 and the mid-term break will last until Feb. 1.

The second semester is scheduled to begin on Feb. 4 and end on June 14.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday issued a message wishing success to all teachers and students for the new academic year.

In the message Erdogan said Turkey was getting ready for historical changes in education, as the country embraced the new presidential system with the June 24 elections.

He also recalled the effort to provide equality in opportunities in education, adding that reforms would continue undeterred in the education sector.