Turkish Education Ministry launches investigation into private school chain

Turkey’s Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the country’s leading private school chain, whose teaching staff says they have not been paid in months, news site Diken reported on Saturday.

The investigation was started following a string of complaints regarding Doğa College, which began earlier this month, the ministry said.

Doğa College teachers throughout the country went on strike on Wednesday, claiming they had not received three months of pay.

The problems are being experienced in a portion of the schools belonging to Doğa, which has 411 private schools in 51 towns throughout the country, the ministry said. 

Founded in 2002, Doğa hosts 82,000 students from kindergarten to high school level and 13,500 staff. The school chain’s majority owner is the Turkven private investment fund.

The months-long salary problem of Doğa’s staff has led to reports on the sale of the private school chain to a new conglomerate, including the Demirören Group, which is known for its ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).