‘Don’t link Thai schools with terrorists’


Date posted: September 17, 2016

Thailand’s foreign ministry has cautioned against any rush to link four Thailand-based schools to a terrorist organization just because they have a handful of foreign shareholders.

The Turkish embassy in Bangkok said in a statement on Wednesday that Pan-Asia International School, Chindamanee School English Programme, Siriwat Wittaya English Programme and Wichai Wittaya English Programme in Thailand were connected to the [alleged] Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation.

“We have been in touch with the embassy to request legally recognised and reliable evidence. But we have not received any additional information to date,” Thai foreign ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee, said yesterday.

Sek said a preliminary check showed that Turkey had targeted these schools only because of some of their foreign shareholders.

“But these shareholders have not held any executive position in the schools. They have not had any policymaking power, either,” he pointed out.

Thai authorities are discussing the matter and might release a statement later, he added.

These four schools are legitimate entities in Thailand and the interests of their students and parents should be protected, he stressed.

Accreditation issue

In its statement, the Turkish embassy announced that starting from the school year 2016-17, the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Turkey will not accredit the diplomas issued by the [Gulen]-connected schools operating outside of Turkey, and certificates of equivalence will not be issued by the ministry for the diplomas given by these schools.

“The move will not affect students in Thailand. But we are discussing whether it will affect the accreditation of the schools’ graduates in other territories,” Sek said.

Education Minister General Dapong Ratanasuwan said he had already assigned Adinan Pakbara, secretary-general of the Office of Private Education Commission, to investigate the alleged link between the schools and the alleged terrorist organisation.

Adinan, meanwhile, said he planned to look into the allegation, and would also contact the Turkish embassy to discuss further action.
Spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command, Colonel Phirawat Saengthong, said his agency was also looking into the “sensitive” allegation.

Deputy Police spokesman Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said police had already learned about the statement issued by the Turkish embassy.

“We will gather intelligence in collaboration with both local and international organisations,” he added.

In response to the Turkish embassy’s claim, Pan-Asia International School denied the allegation and said the issue would not affect the school’s teaching and students.

“This issue is all about the internal politics of Turkey and it does not have anything to do with us. We assure that the students will not be affected by this allegation, because we are officially registered with the Thai Education Ministry,” the school stated.

Pan-Asia International School, which was established by Jordanian businessman Husni Hamad and is situated in Bangkok’s Prawet district, is one of four institutions in the Marmara Schools Group.

The school uses the US curriculum and International Baccalaureate, preK-12, for teaching.
Its main student group is Muslim.

In July, the Turkish embassy accused a Bangkok-based Turkish business association of having links with Gulen, the US-based cleric Turkey accuses of directing the mid-July coup attempt, and asked Thai authorities to keep a close watch on the business group.

The association rejected the allegation, saying it had nothing to do with the authorities in Turkey and their politics.

On August 30, the Turkish embassy also issued a statement to make clear that the so-called “Thai Turkish Business Association” did not in any way represent Turkey or the Turkish business community.

 

Source: The Jakarta Post , September 17, 2016


Related News

TÜBİTAK changes olympiad scoring system, penalizes private schools

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has changed the scoring system it uses to evaluate student grades in science olympiads it sponsors, giving private schools a smaller coefficient and thereby placing students from these schools at a disadvantage.

Secular Turks may be in the minority, but they are vital to Turkey’s future

What a decade and a half of AKP experience has shown is that the problem with democracy in Turkey has deep social roots that go way beyond the political power struggles on the surface. Both an authoritarian political culture and conservative social values inhibit the emergence of a pluralist democracy. In the last decade, Muslim conservative elites have shown little interest in establishing a fully fledged democracy. This is not surprising: democracy is largely understood by most Turks to be just about elections.

Systematic Efforts by the Erdoğan Regime to Portray Hizmet as a Violent Organisation

Since its inception fifty years ago, Hizmet people has been consistently peaceful even at times of political persecution such as  the1980 coup and 28 February (1997) military memorandum. Despite all efforts of persecution, imprisonment, abductions, ill-treatment, and tortures, the movement has maintained its peaceful resistance and has not resorted to any violent response.

Gülen movement acted ‘courageously’ when gov’t-involved graft revealed, Altan says

Ahmet Altan, the former editor-in-chief of the Taraf daily, has said that the Gülen movement acted “courageously” during the public revelations of the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption scandal that implicated several senior members of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

Rounding up the ISIS collaborators, in Turkey and Kurdistan

As U.S., Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdish forces close in on Mosul, there is hope that the military campaign can force ISIS out of Iraqi territory. Of course, there are many questions still unresolved, for example, about how to pick up the pieces in Mosul.

Afghan education minister recommends Turkish schools in each province

Congratulating the Turkish teachers working at the schools in Afghanistan, Minister Wardak said that they were “highly respected.” He went on to praise the teachers who “leave behind their families and their cherished hometowns, leaving wonderful cities like İstanbul and Ankara and all that is near and dear to them to serve the Afghan nation and Afghan children.”

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

Pro-gov’t daily claims White House held special session on Gülen

When the masks have fallen

Turkish imam in Australia mobilizes worshippers to spy on Gülen movement

Amity School on The Wall Street Journal

NTIC Alumni urges Turkish govt not to close schools

Gülen Institute awards essay winner students on Capitol Hill

After 50 days, Turkish university director out of Malaysian jail with UN refugee card

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News