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Thursday, 8 September 2016
Turkey-PKK conflict: Thousands of teachers suspended
Turkey's education ministry said 11,285 teachers had been suspended and were on paid leave pending an investigation.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said they were suspected of activities "in support of the separatist terrorist organisation and its affiliates".
It also said the number was meant to grow to 14,000 after an investigation carried out alongside local governors' offices.
It is not clear what part of the country the suspended teachers are mainly from, but Turkey's Kurdish population is concentrated in the south-east, near the borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran.
There are 850,000 teachers in Turkey, meaning the suspensions only affect less than 2% of teachers.
However earlier this year, 15,200 education ministry officials lost their jobs and 21,000 private school teachers had their licences revoked, amid a crackdown on followers of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed for the failed 15 July coup.