Documents expose plot to hold Hizmet responsible for KPSS cheating


Date posted: January 21, 2015

The Zaman daily has published documents which reveal that a plot was devised to unjustly hold the members of the Hizmet Movement responsible for a cheating scandal at the State Personnel Examination (KPSS) in 2010.

The allegations of cheating first emerged in August 2010 after more than 3,227 people answered most or all of the questions on the KPSS correctly, a first in Turkey. The unprecedented success led to claims that some of the candidates had either cheated during the test or obtained the questions ahead of time. Some of the most successful candidates were either married to each other or were friends living in the same house. Claims emerged that a copy of the KPSS questions had been obtained before the exam day and that they had been shared among thousands of candidates.

Although no progress have been made in the investigation in the past five years, the government has recently ordered the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), an institution administering nationwide examinations in Turkey, to examine claims of cheating in 2010. The move raised concerns that the government, which has been waging a war against the Hizmet movement, aims to use the cheating scandal to frame the movement as being involved in an illegal activity.

The Zaman daily on Saturday published documents revealing that the plot against Hizmet was planned back in 2010. As part of the investigation launched into the scandal, Berat K. who works at a Hizmet-affiliated association and Baki S., who allegedly received the questions from Berat K. beforehand, were detained.

The computers at the association were seized as part of the investigation but experts found no trace of the questions although Baki S. said in his testimony that Berat K. had sent him the questions via e-mail. Berat K. denied the accusations.

After five years, the computers were re-examined by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) following a major reshuffle at the council by the government and the questions were found in the new examination.

However, a 2010 criminal report by Gendarmerie General Command’s Criminal Investigation Department obtained by Zaman revealed that the questions were recorded in Baki S.’s computer five days before the exam, refuting his claims that he had received the questions via e-mail from Berat K.

The name of the file containing the questions also adds to suspicions over a plot against Hizmet. The file is named “3227,” exactly the same number with the number of test takers who answered more than 100 questions correct in the exam.

The fact that the number of people who would score high points in the exam was known beforehand raises questions. However, many test takers said during their testimony that they received higher points than they expected. After it emerged shortly after the exam that answer sheets were destroyed by ÖSYM, claims were voiced that answer sheets had been falsified.

Since a major corruption investigation launched in December of 2013, which implicated government ministers and then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inner circle, Erdoğan has declared a “war” against Hizmet. He insulted members of the faith-based movement numerous times and directed serious accusations at them. He invented the term “parallel structure” to refer to followers of the Hizmet movement that was inspired by Gülen, particularly followers within the state bureaucracy.

Erdoğan, now president, and the government framed the corruption investigation as a “plot against his government” by the Hizmet movement and foreign collaborators. He held members of the movement responsible for many negative developments in Turkey although he has so far failed to prove his claims.

Source: Today's Zaman , January 17, 2015


Related News

Gülen media, pro-government media, is it the same thing?

If the Cemaat has done something illegal, such as bribing an official to acquire construction license for its schools or illegally coercing businessmen to financially contribute to its activities, is it possible for this country’s citizens to condemn it. If the Cemaat is involved in illegal activities, then it is up to the state or government to reveal them and bring the Cemaat to justice.

Rule of law casualty of AKP-Gulen conflict

The AKP government thinks that by labeling corruption investigations and operations as a “coup” and calling those behind them as “parallel state” that it has found a justifiable way to interfere with the judiciary. Otherwise the government would not have submitted a draft bill to the parliament that totally eliminates the functional independence of the judiciary bureaucracy and promotes the minister of justice, who represents the executive branch, to the status of single decision-maker.

GYV gathers politicians, diplomats at iftar dinner in Turkish capital

3 August 2012 / TODAY’S ZAMAN, ANKARA Many distinguished figures, including Cabinet members, politicians, diplomats, businessmen and journalists, came together at an iftar (fast-breaking dinner) table on Thursday night in an event held by the Ankara branch of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) at Ankara’s Congresium hall. The Syrian crisis, which has claimed the […]

Hizmet will continue its mission regardless of attacks

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who, along with the faith-based Hizmet movement, has been subjected to numerous attacks from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said the movement will continue to perform its mission regardless of circumstances.

Fethullah Gülen’s photo

A religious cleric, currently a popular figure who frequently appears on TV, once told me a sad anecdote.

Gulen says he is certain Erdogan behind failed Turkey coup

Asked if he was suggesting that Erdogan was behind the coup, Gulen said: “Until now I only thought that was a possibility. Now I think it’s certain.” Gulen said a Turkish officer had recently said that the chief of general staff and the intelligence chief met in the army headquarters during the night of the coup, adding: “They already knew everything that would happen later.”

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

“Here today, the Honorable Gulen’s vision is coming true”, says Malian Minister

Turkey calls on parents to report Erdogan critics at German schools

‘Islam and I’

Deputy PM Bozdag: We’re proud of Turkish schools

Pro-gov’t Islamist ideologue says Muslims can’t accept West or EU

Swiss investigate alleged Turkish attempt to kidnap businessman

Refugee helps refugees

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News