Hamzaçebi: CHP will apply to Constitutional Court over dershane law

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Akif Hamzaçebi has said his party will take the controversial dershane law closing Turkey’s dershanes, private preparatory schools, to the Constitutional Court for annulment on Friday.

Speaking to reporters after he filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court on Thursday over the Internet law, which places many restrictions on Internet users, Hamzaçebi also announced that the CHP will file an appeal with the Constitutional Court to annul the dershane law, with which all dershanes across the country are planned to be closed down, a move that will lead to about 40,000 educational managers being reassigned.

The AK Party government’s bill banning the privately owned preparatory schools was put to a vote and passed by Parliament on March 7 in a session that 90 deputies from the ruling party did not attend, and signed into law by President Abdullah Gul late on March 12.

According to the law, the president of the Board of Education and Discipline of the Ministry of Education and the board’s other members, the ministry’s deputy undersecretaries, general directors, the chiefs of the education branches and the provincial education directors of the 81 provinces will be removed from their posts. The law also states that dershanes will be allowed to operate until Sept. 1, 2015. All preparatory courses will be shut down after this date.

(CihanToday’s Zaman)