Turkey purges entire education sector

Published July 20th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
Turkey demands resignation of every university dean in country after dismissing 15,000 education staff. (AFP/File)
Turkey demands resignation of every university dean in country after dismissing 15,000 education staff. (AFP/File)

Turkey's education ministry has revoked the licences of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a ministry official.

The announcement is the latest in a sweeping government crackdown following Friday's failed coup attempt.

It came shortly after a report by state broadcaster TRT that Turkey's High Education Board had ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at public and private universities across the country.

Turkey's coup in numbers

21,000 private teachers have licences removed
15,000 suspended from education ministry
8,000 police officers detained or suspended
6,000 soldiers detained
1,500 staff at Ministry of Finance dismissed
2745 judges dismissed
1,577 deans - Education board demands resignation
492 sacked from Religious Affairs Directorate
399 from Ministry of Family and Social Policies stripped of responsibilities
257 fired from the prime minister's office
100 intelligence officials sacked
47 district governors dismissed
30 provincial governors dismissed
20 news websites blocked


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