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Turkey's Council of Higher Education (YÖK) has said that it asked universities to postpone their reopenings until Oct. 1 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The YÖK said that it will be up to universities and their faculties to decide if courses will be taught online or on campus.
Turkey's higher education workers find that the country's remote education practice has hurt institutions' autonomy, and has caused a deterioration in the quality of education. "All higher education institutions have been connected to a more centralized, uniform, more hierarchical and imperialistic system," Çukurova University's Prof. Adnan Gümüş said.
Turkey's Council of Higher Education announced that all finals for the Spring 2020 semester would be held remotely to avoid further spreading COVID-19 among students. The council also noted that universities could replace finals, along with any other exams left in the semester, with alternative assignments.
Former deputy of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Mustafa Yeneroğlu slammed new legislation in his first speech as a lawmaker of the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) of former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan. Yeneroglu criticized the legislation that allows the Council of Higher Education (YOK) to lay off academics for "terrorist propaganda."
New legislation in Turkey to allow Council of Higher Education to dismiss academics for ‘propaganda’
Former legislation that was dismissed by Turkey’s Supreme Court in 2019 was voted back into effect, allowing the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) to layoff academics for conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization. “The concept of ‘propagating a terrorist organization’ is the most commonly used tool to limit freedom of speech in Turkey,” said an opposition lawmaker.