Diploma Scandal: Parliament Addresses Accountability

CTP MP Sıla Usar İncirli
[Sıla Usar İncirli – CTP]
MPs gave speeches at the Republic’s General Assembly, members of the main opposition party – CTP, were critical of the government and representatives of the government responded, Yeniduzen reports.

CTP MP Sıla Usar İncirli drew attention to the “Fake Diploma” scandal investigation in her current speech, putting questions to Education Minister Nazım Çavuşoğlu.

Following the discovery of the sales of fake diplomas, many high profile figures were arrested including former education minister Kemal Dogru.

Responding to criticisms regarding the fake diploma investigation, the education minister stated, “Those who need to be punished will be, those who need to be dismissed from their jobs will be, and those who need to be demoted will be“. 

Çavuşoğlu also disclosed that a letter cancelling the opening permit for Mesarya University had been sent and that the files of other universities with opening permits were with the Prosecutor’s Office.

Republican Turkish Party (CTP) MP for Nicosia, Sıla Usar İncirli, stated that this issue was a matter for the entire government, emphasising that although two months had passed, no serious steps had been taken.

İncirli emphasised the need for each ministry to conduct research on this matter and present it to the public. She stated that until diplomas are revoked, wounds cannot be healed, and emphasised the need to identify public employees circulating fake diplomas.

Education Minister Nazım Çavuşoğlu
[Education Minister – Nazım Çavuşoğlu]
Minister of Education Nazım Çavuşoğlu said that he disagreed with the charge that government actions had been watered down. He highlighted the ongoing arrests and stated that the government did not intend to halt investigations. He expressed the government’s desire for investigations to be completed to open a clean slate.

Çavuşoğlu stressed the importance of each ministry conducting its own research and noted ongoing efforts within the Ministry to determine how teachers obtained their documents.

He also clarified that not everyone graduating from the university in question had obtained a fake diploma, and rejected generalisations. Çavuşoğlu assured that if any public official had received a diploma from that university, their documents could be requested.

Regarding promotions and demotions, Çavuşoğlu stated that those who deserved punishment would receive it, emphasising cautious communication to avoid mistakes.

CTP MP Sıla Usar İncirli reiterated the importance of investigating the possibility of fraud within the Ministry of National Education and called on other ministries to do the same, asserting that the CTP approached the issue seriously.


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