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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded harshly to a series of questions regarding issues concerning the appointment of teachers, the recent education reforms, and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in a recent TV interview.

Erdoğan criticized the portrayal of the appointment of teachers in the media, accusing journalists of "abusing emotions."

"[The media] place really disturbing titles on everything," Erdoğan said. "'Shattered families.' When you put that in the title it just abuses people's emotions."

The previous arrangements with regard to teacher hiring resulted in heavy employment in the Western regions, while Eastern regions lacked the necessary officials, Erdoğan said, adding that while teachers' salaries have remained the same, their income has increased due to additional payments under the rule of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The prime minister also commented on those parents who have been seeking medical reports to exempt their children from beginning school at the early age required by the recent 4+4+4 reform.

"I gravely deplore the parents," Erdoğan said."Why? They say, 'My child is slow.' What, that two months is supposed to [get your child up to speed]?" The new school-starting age of 66 months was selected by AKP officials following studies on the issue, Erdoğan said.

Was he really kidnapped?

The prime minister then moved on the issue of BDP deputies shown in a recent photo embracing alleged members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"I do not recognize those deputies," Erdoğan said. "That picture cannot be easily accepted."

Erdoğan also spoke about the recent kidnapping of opposition deputy Hüseyin Aygün's kidnapping by members of the PKK, calling Aygün's statements "quite interesting."

"Did they really kidnapped him? He returned after two days. He has not called them terrorists even once," Erdogan said. "The testimony is troubled at its core."

The prime minister further claimed the public believed the kidnapping to be a planned stunt. "We ran surveys on this," Erdoğan said. "54.7 percent believe it was planned by both sides. Only 21 percent believe it was a security breach."

September/01/2012

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american american

9/2/2012 8:37:54 PM

when will he 'slam' himself?

jeffrey Jeffrey

9/2/2012 8:10:03 PM

the Theocratic Leader is miffed at criticism? it probably means that both parts of what he procliaims Turkey to be are now a lie. We all knew he didnt like secularism and now it is the part of democracy to vanish. Perhaps Erdogan should start a new game show called Guess Who is going to prison. This man is secular Turkey's worst enemy.

two sides to every coin

9/2/2012 12:03:59 PM

Emu syndrome, stick your head in the sand and pretend Erdogan has a clue or thought of what his followers think or want.

Faruk Beisser

9/2/2012 11:00:01 AM

O Great Leader, please send those who criticize you to the concentration camp Silivri, then you will have peace and quiet in Turkey and everyone will be in awe about your superb statesmanship. Only you know what is best for Turks!

Rimon Tree

9/2/2012 10:06:22 AM

@ Hakan Yes, unfortunately as long as a good part of the Turkish people (especially in the East) remain ignorant and uneducated, he will be able to play the religious superiority card and they will vote for him.

turkic voice

9/2/2012 6:56:06 AM

I find it funny how people are self labiling this man SULTAN, obviouse he is doing someting right to earn such a title. obviously things are good, when have we had the freedom to print our own staments on news articles no mater how twisted or wrong..

sid solo

9/2/2012 4:22:44 AM

Power corrupts. Mr Erdogan would do himself and the nation a great deal of a favour, if he would resign from his post as soon as possible. He seems to have forgotten that he is only a public servant. He also should stop eyeing the presidency as his natural right. There is only so much a nation can take. Time to consider for the Turkish Parliament , whether the post of any minister should be limited to a maximum of two terms.

Hakan Salci

9/1/2012 8:13:18 PM

Unbelievable, why do Turkish people take this abuse? Why are they so weak? Just because your the PM who gave you the authority to belittle parents just because they don't follow what 'you' want to happen, what 'you' want to see. Who do you think you are? Remember your just a normal citizen just like everyone else; the sooner you realise that the sooner you will forget your delusional aspirations. And people vote for him????

Shah Hamdan

9/1/2012 7:26:36 PM

Cheat me once shame on you cheat me twice shame on me. Mr. Sultan don't try to fool public as you want. Better confess mistakes and come clean rather then playing blame game.

Turk Uzan

9/1/2012 6:08:23 PM

Doesn't the state provide a house for the teachers family where ever he's sent? If his wife "does not feel like" moving to the east, how is the state responsible ... ? We need teachers in the east, and it's understandable that some families are reluctant. But teaching children no matter where they live should be a priority, esp for anyone becoming a teacher
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