Dozens of vocational schools in Turkey have joined forces and begun producing essential items in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, becoming one of the most important actors of the country as the outbreak continues to spread and claim lives.

An article written by Deputy Minister of Education Mahmut Ozer was published on Saturday, outlining the role of Turkish vocational schools amid the outbreak and arguing that they mobilized all facilities to meet the needs of society and support health professionals.

“The vocational education and training [VET] have been critical to Turkey’s wellbeing in a time of coronavirus

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