Turkish Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz said the Maarif Foundation, established by the government to deal with Turkish schools abroad, is planning to take over 65 schools that are linked to the Gülen movement in 15 countries.

Speaking to a crowd in the central province of Sivas while celebrating Eid al-Adha with colleagues, Minister Yılmaz talked about new plans to remedy a teacher shortage caused by massive purges conducted by the government following a coup attempt on July 15.

The government has dismissed 28,163 teachers over alleged links to the failed coup attempt and suspended 20,000 more, the minister said, adding that the government is planning to hire nearly 40,000 new teachers this year to address the shortage. The minister said 30,000 teachers who were appointed in February will start working this year.