Financial and Managerial Problems Experienced in the Private Education Sector During the Crisis Process in Turkey
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The study delves into the challenges facing the private education sector in Turkey due to the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualitative research methods, including content analysis, were employed. Data was gathered through semi-structured interviews with seven founders and seven managers from private educational institutions. In Turkey, private schools enroll 1,468,198 students, accounting for 20.2% of all educational institutions, with students representing 8.8% of the total student population. The private education sector employs 174,750 teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the complete or partial closure of private schools in Turkey. These schools typically rely on parental contributions to cover costs, but parents faced financial difficulties, leading to crises in the sector. Despite attempts to shift to distance education, parents were dissatisfied. Unpaid fees caused financial turmoil, leading to teacher layoffs and staff reductions. Private schools in Turkey are seeking government support, understanding from parents, tax deductions, and changes in legislation to alleviate the financial burden and navigate the ongoing crisis.
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