World Bulletin / News Desk
A school principal who discriminated against headscarved students, including the top student in the school, due to their headscarves at their graduation ceremony in Adana was suspended on Thursday.
The top student, Tuğba Demir, was banned from coming to the podium to receive her award because she wears a headscarf, while three other headscarved students were ordered by the school's principal, Ayla Avşar, to sit at the back of the hall while the graduation ceremony took place.
The incident happened at the Adana İhsan Sabancı Girls' High School earlier this week. An investigation was launched into the incident following an order from Adana Governor Hüseyin Avni Coş, as a result of which Avşar was suspended. Adana Provincial Education Director Mehmet Ali Selamet confirmed the suspension of the school's principal, adding an inspector had been commissioned to investigate the incident further.
In the meantime, yet another headscarved student at a university in İzmir faced discrimination when her professor asked her to leave the final exam she was taking. Zeynep Çebi, a third-year student in the department of philosophy of the Aegean University in İzmir, was forced to leave the classroom by Professor Sabri Sürgevil as she was taking a final exam.
Çebi said she took the “history of civilization” course offered by Sürgevil as an elective. “I was taking the final exam. The professor came and said it was impossible for me to take the exam in such a way [while wearing a headscarf]. He yanked the exam paper from in front of me. I had to leave the classroom,” Çebi said.
Two male students also left the classroom in protest of the actions of the professor.
Abdullah Sidar and Yusuf Gezer said they also left the classroom in a show of support for Çebi. Until 2010, headscarved students were not able to attend university due to a strict ban on the use of headscarves.
The ban was eased by a circular sent to universities by the Higher Education Board (YÖK). However, some university administrations and lecturers still refuse to allow headscarved students to attend university.
Turkish EU and agriculture ministers attend mass opening ceremony for agricultural investments in Ankara.
Greek solar energy company official said preparing to invest in renewable energy and settled on the Kesan district as it is an organized industrial zone
Ismet Yilmaz has said " When the it comes to national interests, as assessment is made on this basis and to fulfill the responsibilities required to become members of the coalition "
Agreements with Baghdad and Northern Iraq authorize Turkish oil exploration in the country, Energy Minister Yildiz says.
With Armenians preparing for the 100th year of the killings, the diaspora is now taking aim at Turkeys investments, putting pressure on American business to withdraw their investments from Turkey
Over half a kilogram of explosives have been found by security in Hatay province under a car belonging to a Syrian citizen living in Turkey.
Abdullah Ocalan still exerts influence from his prison cell.
Describing the call on PKK to lay down arms as a key expectation of the Turkish government, Erdogan nevertheless cautions against the terrorist group's failure to deliver
Turkish president to meet with Saudi King on March 2nd after visiting the holiest sites in Islam in Mecca and Medina
About invitation to find common ground on PKK’s disarmament, Turkish PM Davutoglu says, it will pave the way for a democratic policy in Turkey.
Turkey’s literary giant, Yasar Kemal, passes away aged 92.
"On the one hand you say EU acquis, but on the other hand you take steps which totally oppose EU acquis,” Turkish president says.
The Feb. 28 coup wrought havoc on observant Muslims, in particular, who were subjected to a series of rights violations and profiling efforts by the military and the state
Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has invited on his followers to attend a conference on disarmament, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency with Kurdish militants, in the forthcoming spring.
Turkish President Erdogan has lately been pushing for a presidential system to replace the current parliamentary one.
The €920 million program aims to provide in Turkey a high level of quality and sustainable employment; and will guarantee decent social protection.