World Bulletin / News Desk
The Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal filed by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) requesting the annulment of some articles of a recently approved law which increases the duration of compulsory education from eight years to 12, during a meeting on Thursday.
The law, passed in Parliament in March and approved by President Abdullah Gül within weeks, increased the current duration of compulsory education from an uninterrupted eight years to 12 years and divided it into three four-year stages -- primary school, middle school and high school -- and is popularly known as the “4+4+4” education law.
The CHP, a staunch critic of the law, filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court in June for the second time after the Constitutional Court rejected its first appeal to annul the education law on procedural grounds in May.
The Constitutional Court will publish details of its decision on its website on Friday.
The Constitutional Court rapporteur appointed to evaluate the case earlier submitted a report on his opinion regarding the CHP's appeal in which he stated that the education law is in accordance with the Constitution and said the court should reject the appeal. The opinion of the rapporteur is not binding on the Constitutional Court.
Annulment of the education law, which came into effect on Monday with the start of the 2012-2013 school year, could have drawn the Turkish education system into a chaotic situation as everything has been redesigned in accordance with the new education system.
One of the articles the CHP wants to annul is the article that lowered the mandatory starting school age from 72 months to 66 months. Another article for which the CHP has requested an annulment is one which divided compulsory education into three four-year blocks. In addition, there is also an article that paves the way for the re-establishment of imam-hatip middle schools, which offer religious education. The CHP also has requested the annulment of the article which makes the establishment of elective courses on the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad possible.
Erdogan said he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday, bringing 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks to a halt in the blockaded coastal enclave.
Today’s newspapers cover Turkey’s ruling AK party’s congress to elect a new party chairman, and thousands of Turks forming what is hoped to be the world’s largest portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey.
It is not yet clear who he will be meeting during his stay, but there are believed to be no plans for him to meet Turkish Foreign Minister-turned-Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The nation recorded 162,445 medical tourists by the end of the first half of 2014.
At least 100 people are arriving from Iraq each day, many of them smuggled across the border by locals, sometimes paying up to $1,000 per family.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it is coordinating with Turkish authorities to find the workers, kidnapped by militants on Monday.
Many Yazidis fleeing from the war in Iraq are also waiting for shelter on the border with Turkey, according to some reports.
The advance of ISIL has alarmed Ankara and its Western allies, forcing them to step up intelligence sharing and tighten security cooperation.
Turkish dailies on Tuesday report on outgoing President Gul's farewell to the public and to his counterparts, and the dam river tragedy in Turkey's southeastern province of Siirt.
The firms were asked to extend their bids until the end of the year, the Defence Undersecretariat said in a statement.
Turkish Union of Bars head Metin Feyzioglu said he will attend a new legal year ceremony and speak, after President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not attend in case of a Feyzioglu address.
Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu is to become prime minister after Erdogan is sworn in as president August 28, said Deputy PM Bulent Arinc.
The mission will end in January 2015 and not be renewed after being extended once last year, according to lower house of the Dutch parliament
The authorities are now making efforts to find the missing men.
Security officials say a coal power plant was attacked by Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) members.