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The Council of State Extends Scope of Prohibition to the streets

The Council of State agrees with YÖK and suspends a law that would have allowed many students to obtain a normal high school diploma for a fair participation ito the university exams.

The Council of State Extends Scope of Prohibition to the streets

   The Council of State's Eighth Bureau suspended a government initiative aimed at facilitating university access for students especially imam-hatip graduates  criticized as "anti-secular" which is always claimed by academic authorities.

 The State Council, seemingly acting on the impulse to block the way of imam-hatip schools students, suspended the arrangement of the government that would allow thousands of vocational schools students to get a normal high school diploma after completing their alternative courses.

  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan's Justice and Development Party (AKP),  has been seeking to make it easier for graduates of Imam-Hatip schools to obtain university degrees, but its efforts have been blocked by the secularist establishment.

  YÖK deputy chairman Ýsa Eþme  welcomed the suspension of the decree, seen as a first step towards its cancellation as expressing: "We expected this decision."

  YÖK, the institution of 1980 military coup, alleged that the law encouraged students to attend religious schools and thus breached "the principle of secularism outlined as one of the republic's unchangeable attributes in the Constitution.

  Currently, the notoriously complicated university entrance system makes it almost impossible for graduates of such schools to gain a place at institutions of higher education to study anything but theology faculties, and changing of the system had been one of the main campaign pledges of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

  On the other hand the Council of State has passed a decision which bans covering headscarf outside of the school for a teacher as alleging that she can be bad example to the students. According to the lawyers this decision shows real intention of Turkish secularists of whose purpose is to expel muslims of Turkey from many fields of life as trying to prohibit some Islamic Way of Life.

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