Turkish gov’t expells 682 education syndicate member teachers from cities

Turkey’s Education and Science Workers’ Union, known as Eğitim Sen, announced that a total of 682 Eğitim Sen member teachers who were returned to their jobs after being dismissed with a state decree, were expelled from cities, the online Duvar daily reported on Monday.

According to the statement by Eğitim Sen, 367 teachers in Şanlıurfa, 264 in Diyarbakır and 51 in Gaziantep were expelled from cities days before schools are opened on grounds of “mandatory change of station.”

The syndicate said that it will continue its organizational and legal fight to stop oppressions, investigations and expelling of its members and executives and to ensure the right of education for children and students.

Turkish Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz said in July that the government dismissed about 33,000 teachers from their jobs since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Noting that 14,000 other teachers have also been investigated on charges of involvement in illegal activities, Yılmaz said, “We have taken all these actions with fairness.”

Yılmaz also underlined that 20,000 new teachers have been appointed over the past year and that the appointment of 20,000 others was under way.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since last summer. (turkishminute.com)

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