HDP presented Higher Education Report
According to the Labor Force Statistics of the Turkish Statistic Institute in June 2018, the rate of unemployment is 12.7 percent among people with higher education, while 28 percent of all unemployed people are university graduates.
The HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) Education Commission presented its Higher Education Report at a press conference in the Parliament.
Commissioner and Antep deputy Mahmut Togrul said that as a result of the 12 September 1980 regime, the Institution of Higher Education (YOK) was a nightmare for Turkey.
Students in prison
Toğrul stated that the dependence of the universities was increased especially after the 15 July coup attempt. “Up to now, - he said - more than 7,000 people have been sacked. Currently 70,000 students are in prisons”.
HDP Education Policies and Culture-Art co-deputy chair, Sevtap Akdag Karahanlı presented the report.
Karahanlı said: “The people of the government shifted the power relations of the universities in their favour. They put pressure on critic and dissident academics, as well as students”.
What the report says
According to the Labor Force Statistics of the Turkish Statistic Institute in June 2018, the rate of unemployment is 12.7 percent among people with higher education, “while 28 percent of all unemployed people are university graduates”, he said.
"Especially after the coup attempt on 15 July, the successive atmosphere of violence that marked the last period and the sharpening of the political atmosphere, made migration abroad gaining momentum.
* According to statistics published by Turkstat on 6 September 2018 regarding migration 'economic, political, social and cultural' reasons, the number of migrants from Turkey has increased by 42.5 percent compared to the previous year, reaching 253,640 people in 2017. 42.2 percent of the immigrant population is made up of people in the 25-34 age group.
* According to 2018 YOK figures, 38% of all teaching members 62 percent are men and 38 percent women.
* On 11 January 2016, it is possible to see the lynching campaign carried out after the campaign called “We will not be partners in this crime” published by the Academics Initiative for Peace. The lynching continued after the 15 July 2016 coup attempt.
* Universities and academics are at the top of the institutions specifically targeted by the State of Emergency (OHAL).
* The government has completely tied the universities to the Palace by ignoring the will of the university components.
* The HDP will not give up defending the right to public education, free education, the right to mother language and qualified education, academic freedoms, job security and the defence of a production of critical and free science. We will work together with all democratic forces to continue this struggle”.