Nearly 28,000 teachers were dismissed in Turkey, suspected of links to Kurdish rebels or the brotherhood of ex-preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of being the instigator of the failed coup of July 15, said the Deputy Prime Minister Monday back to school day.
Of the 850,000 teachers in Turkey, “27,715 teachers were dismissed, 9,465 teachers have been temporarily relieved of their duties, and 455 others were reassigned to their posts,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli.
In the morning, more than 18 million Turkish students went back to school for a year marked by the attempted coup of July 15, which killed over 270 people and injured 2,000.
Upon arrival in class, schoolchildren were awarded a brochure on “the triumph of democracy on July 15 and in memory of the martyrs”, a document prepared by the Ministry of Education.
They then observed “a minute of silence for the martyrs” before “praying” for them, according to the instructions of the Ministry of Education.