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.
"Strong and balanced public finance affirmatively differentiates Turkey from other countries," the minister said
The Malaysia Airports Holding used its pre-emptive rights to buy an additional 40 percent stake in Turkey's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, it was announced.
The US acted despite opposition from Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, adding "I told him (Obama) Kobani is not currently a strategic place for you, if anything it is strategic for us"
At least 1 person injured in explosion in hospital’s medical waste section in Turkey’s capital, Ankara
The first and only Chinese-Turkish television channel CTV has begun broadcasting films, documentaries and Chinese cultural and traditional programs to promote Chinese economy, tradition and popular culture.
Sixteen scientists from Turkey to travel to Antarctica in Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015.
Tight monetary policy stance will be maintained until there is significant improvement in inflation outlook, bank says.
Erdogan assures Latvian businessmen that the Turkish economy is stable and growing despite "smear campaigns"
According to the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, over 30 million tourists came to the country between January and September 2014
Finnish ambassador said that Finland’s relations with Turkey are good and if Finnish companies can offer anything in the field of renewable energy market and cleantech, Turkey would be a good market.
Majority of Thursday’s newspapers cover Turkish President Erdogan’s remarks on US weapon airdrop for Kurdish groups in Syrian border town of Kobani and Kurdish parliament’s approval for the deployment of peshmerga mission to the Syrian border town
Davutoglu has said the solution process with the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party can make progress towards a roadmap "within months."
The opposition accused the government of changing its stance after U.S. President Barack Obama recently made a telephone call to the Turkish president.
Turkish Foreign Ministry says decision by Turkish court to release suspect in attempted murder of Danish Islam critic Lars Hedegaard is judicial, not executive.
Dicle Electric Co. workers were released near the town of Hazro, about 30 km northwest of where they were abducted by a group of masked men
"Some of the weapons they dropped from those C130s were seized by ISIL," Erdogan said