The Turkish Ministry of Education has dismissed at least 41 public officials over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.

According to the report, investigations are continuing into the suspended personnel.

The number of teachers who have been suspended since the failed military coup had reached 70,000.

More than 120,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 80,000 detained and over 40,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were drawn up prior to the coup attempt.