Schools open after post-coup teacher purge
TURKISH schools reopened for the first time since July’s attempted coup, following a summer which saw tens of thousands of teachers sacked over alleged links to the plotters or to Kurdish rebels.
As more than 18 million children began the new term after the summer break on September 19, Huseyin Ozev, president of the Istanbul teachers’ union, told AFP. There were fears the academic year would begin with chaos because of staff shortages.
After a rogue military faction tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara embarked on a massive crackdown, dismissing and detaining tens of thousands within the judiciary, the police and the education system over alleged links to the putschists.
Students arriving at school were handed pamphlets from the education ministry commemorating “the triumph of democracy on July 15 and in memory of the martyrs”.
Pupils were being shown two videos about the coup, including footage of Mr Erdogan reading the national anthem alongside images from the night of the coup showing tanks and war planes. –
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton meets Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York on September 19.