Dec 18 2017

20,000 Turkish postgrads being investigated over exam fraud

A Turkish prosecutor has opened an investigation into claims that the full answers to a total of 16 Turkish postgraduate study entrance examinations were stolen by a religious group and used to help its members cheat, Islamist newspaper Yeni Şafak said.

Up to 20,000 people who gained entry to postgraduate study, many of whom have since become academics, are suspected of having obtained the answers from the Fethullah Gülen movement between the years 2005 and 2013, the newspaper said.

Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) clashed with the Gülen movement, comprised of the followers of exile preacher Fethullah Gülen, in November 2013 over an announcement that it was going to outlaw examination cram schools, a sector in which the movement had a significant market share.

It accuses movement followers of having been behind the subsequent December 2013 corruption investigation into senior members of the government and the July 2016 failed coup attempt.