Up to 14,000 teachers will be suspended over their suspected links to the outlawedKurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the east and south of Turkey, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has announced.
“It is estimated that a total of 14,000 teachers are on duty in the region who have had certain types of connections to terror,” Yıldırım told representatives of nongovernmental organizations and opinion leaders in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır late on Sept. 4, adding that they would be suspended as a “precaution.”
“Of the 14,000, how many of them have connections to terrorist organizations will be revealed with investigations and examinations. We’ve talked to our Education Ministry and all of the suspected teachers will be suspended and they won’t be assigned in the new term,” he added.
The prime minister also said the teachers who are going to be suspended over suspected links to the PKK will experience the same things as the ones suspended for alleged links to the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), believed to have orchestrated the July 15 coup attempt.
Saying new teachers would be assigned to the region, Yıldırım added that the government would also crack down on public personnel linked to terror.
“Terror is not only in the mountains, but it is also in the state. It is also in the local governance of the state,” he also said. / Read more at Hurriyet Daily.