21,000 teachers were fired and all the country’s university deans were told they faced suspension in Turkey on Tuesday.
Just look at the numbers:
- The licences of 21,000 staff working in private schools were revoked;
- Over 15,000 employees at the education ministry were sacked;
- The state-run higher education council demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans.
The purge followed the failed attempt of military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ankara says Fethullah Gülen, who wields enormous influence in Turkey through loyalists in various parts of the state as well as a private school network, masterminded the attempt from his home in Pennsylvania.
“I’m sorry but this parallel terrorist organisation will no longer be an effective pawn for any country,” Binali Yildirim, Turkish PM, said.