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Turkish Prime Ministers Vicious Plan to Take Control over the Universities
The Prime Minister is continuing to reshape almost every aspect of society
in Turkey. The academia and universities are not exception to this phenomenon.
On the contrary they are critical parts of this new restructuring. In this
context, Prime Minister watches very closely almost every step, ranging from
new appointments of deans and rectors for the universities to new positions
for academicians at the newly established universities. In that respect,
he is, particularly, interested in theology departments. Furthermore, he
pays special attention to appoint his close friends to the critical positions
at the universities.
The malleable hiring system at the universities paves the way to the Prime
Minister for nepotism. In fact the flexibility of hiring exams for academicians
and the autonomous structure of the universities made very easy for the Prime
Minister to hire his close friends.
Denying the fundamental impartiality principle, first and foremost the Prime
Minister has chosen to take control over the Higher Education Board (YOK).
To realize his aim, he accomplished to appoint Yekta Sarac, close family
friend and Osman Ozturk, Prime Ministers mentor to claim positions
at the YOK. After all Yekta Sarac has been working as the Acting Presidents
of YOK. With the blessings and backings of the Prime Minister, these two
individuals became very powerful figures in YOK. By doing so, Prime Minister
has managed to create a system that is above the laws. Taken together, the
Prime Minister could by-pass YOK Administration, which is not a legitimate
way of running things around the YOK.
The Prime Minister struggled for a long time to appoint his close family
friend, Yekta Sarac, as the President of YOK. Due to their recent differing
widely in their positions, President Abdullah Gul did not endorse Prime
Ministers close family friends appointment. On the contrary,
President Gul went even further and against Prime Ministers will, he
swiftly appointed Gokhan Cetinsaya as the President of YOK.
As a move against Cetinsayas appointment as the President of YOK, by
using his authority by law, the Prime Minister appointed Yekta Sarac as the
Acting President of YOK. By appointing Yekta Sarac, the Prime Minister positioned
Sarac as his President of YOK. The Prime Minister predominantly consults
with Yekta Sarac about almost anything related to YOK matters. In this process,
Prime Minister proceeds the official matters through his Undersecretary,
When a decision is needed to be made at the Board level of YOK, Sarac powerfully
implies that such a decision is demanded by the Prime Minister. In that way,
Sarac manages to dictate the Board to take an action in line with his proposal.
On the other hand Gokhan Cetinsaya, hopelessly, is in no position to fight
back against such awkward and rather unlawful actions. Making things worse,
at behest of Prime Minister, Yekta Sarac mandates Gokhan Cetinsaya to make
Yekta Saracs close relationship with the Prime Minister is because
of his father, Emin Sarac. Emin Sarac is one of the prominent individuals
within the religious group, known as Erenkoy Community. The Prime Minister
considers Sarac as a very special person, and he frequently pays visit to
him during the religious festivals and receives his blessings.
Effectively taking advantage of this close relationship, Yekta Sarac can
have regular meetings with the Prime Minister at his official residents in
both Ankara and Istanbul. In those meetings, while Yekta Sarac convey his
demands about the YOK, the Prime Minister brings about the decision to be
made at the YOK. To assist Yekta Sarac in the YOK matters, recently
the Prime Minister has appointed his own mentor, Osman Ozturk at the YOK.
First of all, the Prime Minister speared an office for Osman Ozturk at the
Prime Ministry Office in Dolmabahce Palace. In this office Osman Ozturk generally
has been dealing with educational institutions in both Istanbul surroundings
and abroad. Later on, in order to expand his operational capability country
wise, the Prime Minister appointed Osman Ozturk as the member of the Board
Just like Saracs, Osman Ozturk frequently meets with the Prime Minister.
He even can visit the Prime Minister at the residents and resolves the matters
by securing the Prime Ministers instructions. Ozturk effectively uses
his connection with the Prime Minister via Yekta Sarac and Prime Ministers
Undersecretary, Efkan Ala. In this way Osman Ozturk plays an important role
in restructuring the academia, universities, and the YOK community.