Turkey’s Education Ministry has permanently dismissed a total of 62 teachers from profession due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, according to several Turkish media outlets.

The state-run- Anadolu news agency reported that teachers were working at different state schools in western province of İzmir and were dismissed as part of a probe launched by the İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

In a related development, early on Wednesday, the Turkish Ministry of Education suspended 1,980 staff members including teachers as part of a witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt on July 15.