Turkey’s Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz said nearly 33,000 teachers have been dismissed from their jobs as a result of anti-coup investigations so far.
“Turkey has never experienced such a period. Due to and as a result of this coup, nearly 33,000 teachers were discharged. We also completed disciplinary proceeding for some [another] 14,000 teachers who participated in unlawful protests,” Yılmaz said in a statement on Thursday.
In early September, 2016, the ministry suspended 11,285 teachers for supporting the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) while the number was expected to rise to 14,000 back then.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
More than 130,000 people have lost their jobs over links to the movement so far.