Education Ministry sought to profile students, teachers through surveys

A classroom in a prep school in Zonguldak. (Photo: Cihan, Sinan Kabatepe)
A classroom in a prep school in Zonguldak. (Photo: Cihan, Sinan Kabatepe)


Date posted: December 2, 2013

A new document obtained by Today’s Zaman suggests that the Education Ministry sought in 2012 to profile students and teachers at some prep schools based on their religious and ideological backgrounds through questionnaires handed out to students at state schools.

According to the document, the ministry ordered inspectors to visit state schools across the country and ask students questions about their prep school preferences. In line with the ministry’s order, inspectors prepared a questionnaire and handed the documents to certain students to fill out. In the questionnaire, students were asked such questions as “Are you urged by your teachers to attend prep courses?” “Which prep school do you attend?” “Do your teachers tell you to attend prep courses instead of attending schools? If yes, write the names of those teachers.”

While only attendees of prep schools owned by the Hizmet movement, a faith-based movement inspired by Islamic Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen, were asked to fill out those questionnaires, other students were given separate questionnaires that did not include any questions linked to the prep schools they attended.

Last year, the father of a student wrote a complaint to the Education Ministry, asking why his child was given a questionnaire that asked about his prep school and teachers there. In his complaint, he said: “My son told me that an inspector visited their class and asked the teacher to leave the classroom. The students were given different questionnaires. My son and some other students, who attend the Kocatepe prep school [owned by the Hizmet movement], were asked questioned about their IDs, names of their teachers at the prep school and the relation between their school and the prep school. I am afraid that the questionnaire sought to blacklist my son and other students. I am both curious and concerned.”

In a separate case, a high school student petitioned the Ankara Governor’s Office after he was asked to fill out a questionnaire by Education Ministry inspectors. The student complained in his petition that he and some of his friends were given different questionnaires than other students. “The questionnaire even asked about the names of our teachers at the prep school. Why did the ministry need to carry out such questionnaires? Are we being blacklisted?”

The document came at a time when Turkey was discussing a government plan to close prep schools. Prep schools help Turkish students prepare for standardized high school and college entrance exams. Although preparatory schools in Turkey have played an important role in the education system for the past 30 years or so, the government has announced that all prep schools will be shut down at the end of the next school year. Prep schools can serve instead, the government said, as private schools in the future.

Source: Today's Zaman , December 2, 2013


Related News

Kosovo investigates seizure of Turkish nationals

Kosovo authorities are investigating the arrest and extradition of six Turkish citizens, which activists said represented a violation of human rights, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said on Saturday.

Parents: Pak-Turk institutions’ control should not be transferred

Pak-Turk International’s Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) on Tuesday stressed against transferring the institutions’ control to other organisations as it will affect the future of its 1500 teachers’ future along with 10,000 students enrolled in 28 schools, colleges. The spokesman urged that if the government found any one from these schools involved in illegal practices, it should take strict action against him.

Fatih University wins European Universities Championship

The Fatih University basketball team has won the 13th European Universities Basketball Championship, which took place in Slovenia.

IFLC Sydney 2016

International Festival of Language and Culture will be on April 17, 2016 at Sydney Opera House www.intflc.org.au

Will Turkish corruption scandal lead to return of military to politics?

The tactics the government has developed to defend itself against the graft investigations and their implications have once again brought the role of the military, military tutelage and potential coup attempts back onto Turkey’s agenda.

Rhode Island’s latest refugees flee Turkey’s repressive regime

A new community of Turkish immigrants has taken root in Rhode Island. And its leading members, some of them refugees seeking political asylum in the United States, are spreading a message of tolerance and diversity through their work at Dialogue Foundation, a new organization with a headquarters near Wayland Square.

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

President Gül hosts Turkish Olympiad students in Ankara

Kimse Yok Mu provides medical supplies for Haiti

‘Democracy’s Challenge with Turkey’ debated in Abant Platform

Synagogue hosts a night of Muslim-Jewish harmony

Professor Ori Z. Soltes: ‘Fethullah Gülen wants to be an altruistic servant of others’

The tragic story of a Turkish family fleeing to Greece from persecution

Hizmet and Turkey’s relations with Nigeria

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News