Report says FATİH Project effective, but content needs revision
An evaluation report prepared regarding the government-backed education project the Movement to Increase Opportunities and Technology (FATİH), which was launched in February 2012, has stated that the project positively affects education but that its content should be expanded.

The pilot phase of the project was launched with the delivery of about 12,000 tablet PCs and 1,496 smart boards to 52 schools across Turkey on the first day of the second term of the 2011-2012 academic year. The project, which seeks to integrate state-of-the-art computer technology into Turkey's public education system, was inaugurated on Feb. 6, 2012 in a ceremony held at an Ankara school.

The recent evaluation of the pilot scheme was done by the Education Ministry to determine the problems emerging from the implementation of the project and how efficient the project has been. The evaluation survey for the project was done by 20 academics from four universities, who conducted their research at 52 schools in 17 provinces across the country and talked to 3,994 students, 768 teachers, 147 school managers and 1,048 parents as part of an evaluation survey. The results of the survey were collated in the report.

This evaluation report states that the FATİH Project positively contributed to education, but there are some serious deficiencies with regard to its content. The report says 57 percent of teachers believe the visual and auditory elements used in e-books are insufficient. According to the report, 72 percent of students bring their tablets to schools every day and 66 percent of them have developed a positive attitude towards schools thanks to the tablets distributed as part of the project.

The coordinator of the evaluation project for the FATİH pilot scheme, Assistant Professor Vakur Çifçili from İstanbul University, talked about the findings of the report to Today's Zaman.

Çifçili stated that commissions should be established to resolve problematic aspects regarding the project content. Stating that the survey was done with the intention of expanding the FATİH Project and resolving the problems that have emerged during the pilot scheme, Çifçili added that these commissions should be established for each field of study and universities should contribute to the development of the project. "Of the parents, 54 percent said the success of their children increased after the tablets were given to them. However, they also note that the arrival of the tablets affected inter-family relationships negatively," Çifçili noted.

The report also states that 85 percent of teachers use the smart broads to enhance their lessons with visual and auditory elements and also that the interest of 76 percent of students for information technology has increased compared to the period before the launching of the project. Of the teachers, 64 percent say they have experienced problems with their Internet connection, saying that it is very slow. Of the school managers, 70 percent of them said the teachers have started to work more enthusiastically after the introduction of the project.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
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