Turkish Education Ministry to shut down 936 private schools over alleged Gülen links
AA photoThe Turkish Education Ministry is set to close over 1,600 private education institutions allegedly linked to the outlawed Gülen movement, as the massive crackdown continues on the followers of the organization who have infiltrated into a number of public institutions, as well as the military and the judiciary.
Meanwhile, work permits for some 27,157 personnel who used to work at FETÖ-affiliated schools, including those with trustee panels appointed to their administrations, have been rescinded by the Education Ministry and they have been barred from working at other private schools.
Trustee panel to ‘first Gülen-linked school’ in Turkey
A panel of trustees has been appointed to a company based in the Aegean province of İzmir which runs some 29 education institutions, for allegedly recruiting for and providing financial aid to the outlawed Gülenist organization that is suspected of orchestrating the July 15 failed coup attempt.
The administration of Sema and Şelale A.Ş., which is also known for its Yamanlar Private College in İzmir, was taken over by a trustee panel after İzmir police and the Education Ministry gathered information in evidence of the company’s Gülen-linked activities, including providing members and financial aid for the organization.
Police teams along with district education directorate officials also carried out an operation on the suspected institution’s buildings, including Yamanlar College, which was alleged to be the first education institution affiliated with the Gülen movement in Turkey. During their operations at the college, a room allegedly used by Fethullah Gülen – the head of the organization – was also searched.
Yamanlar College was also suspected of being a school that had educated students for the movement and sent them to military and police academies before receiving their allegiance.