Turkey: 1,577 University Deans Forced to Resign as Part of Widespread Purge

Turkey's education ministry has also earlier revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions.

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan lift up his portrait as they celebrate with flags in Ankara, Turkey, July 16, 2016.
Tumay Berkin, Reuters

REUTERS – Turkey's High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported.

Turkey's education ministry has also revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions, an official at the ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.

"The licenses of 21,000 teachers working in privately-run institutions have been cancelled. Tip-offs that these (people) are mostly linked with terrorist activities have been taken into consideration," the ministry official said, without elaborating. 

The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed. 

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities. 

Thousands of others have been suspended from the police force, the military, Finance Ministry and other public sector positions.