Turkish court annuls controversial education law

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ANKARA: Turkey’s constitutional court has annulled a controversial law closing private tutoring centers, many of which are run by the movement of US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen, the nemesis of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

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Following a petition by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the court ruled late Monday that the law adopted by parliament in March 2014 to close the “dershanes” was unconstitutional.

The text passed by the assembly had ordered the closure of the centers by September 1 this year.

The “dershanes” are very popular in Turkey, with 3,800 of the centers catering for 1.2 million students hoping to win a place in the top schools and universities.

Opponents of the law argued that it would exclude the most disadvantaged students from the most sought-after universities and increase the impact of socio-economic differences on the results of entrance examinations.

AFP

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