Erdoğan admits AKP failed to do well in education, the arts over last 14 years 

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year for higher education at the Bestepe National Congress And Culture Center in Ankara on October 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has admitted that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has failed to do well in the fields of education and the arts in the 14 years it has been in power.

Speaking at a Culture and Tourism Ministry awards ceremony on Thursday, Erdoğan said there are shortcomings in the fields of education and the arts and that there is a need to give priority to them.

“I am extremely sad due to our failure to reach the level I dream of in these fields. This is self-criticism, but it’s true,” he said.

The AKP government has made frequent changes to the education system in Turkey, which attracted strong criticism from teachers and parents as well as students. It is also criticized for politicizing the education system in line with its own ideology.

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