Schools open af­ter post-coup teacher purge

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton meets Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel in New York on Septem­ber 19.

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