Syrian student Muhammet Halil achieved a full point score in the nation-wide middle school exam to qualify for high school. He came to Turkey with his family five years ago and lives in the southeastern city of Kilis.
Syrian student Muhammet Halil achieved a full-point success in the nation-wide middle school exam which qualifies students for high school.
Halil celebrated his success with his parents and his class teacher Mehmet Avcu. His father used to work as an architect and his mother as a teacher before the war in Syria started.
Halil told Anadolu Agency that he and his family fled to Turkey when the civil war erupted in Syria.
The family lived in the city of Gaziantep until it became aware of the good level of education that the neighbouring region of Kilis offers which made them move to the city of Kilis.
Halil started at one of the temporary school centres of the city as a 4th-grade student – which is under the PICTES, a project that aims to integrate Syrian children into Turkish schools.
“I met my present teacher Mehmet Avcu on 6th grade. He helped me a lot during the years. Every time I needed [educational] assistance, he came to visit me at my home and taught me what I need to study. He has made a lot of effort into my success. I became very dedicated during my 7th and 8th grade. I could see my hard-work translated into results. And then I became the best student at my school at the first school-intern tests.”
Halil reached from 300 to 480 points [out of 500] within less than two years. His father, who is a trained architect but works at a furniture shop, told Anadolu Agency that Halil was mostly studying for school in his leisure time.
Halil’s father expressed his gratitude to the people of Turkey and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan for the support and humanitarian aid given to Syrian refugees.
Turkish teacher Halil Avcu said that he is proud of Muhammet Halil and his good work adding that he met him when he was in the 6th-grade student as part of PICTES project.
"I am grateful to God for making it possible for me to meet such an exceptional student. This is Halil's effort, we just tried to be a guide," Avcu said.
The school’s director Cumali Celik praised the teaching staff for their work.
“The example of Halil shows what we can achieve together as a team [of teachers]. We are all happy,” he said.
Halil's school gave him a bicycle as a gift for his success.