(ABC NEWS) Turkey's Board of Higher Education demanded the resignation of 1,577 deans from every university in the country, according to state-run Turkish media, the latest purge following the aftermath of a failed military coup to remove President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Ministry of Education also fired 15,200 teachers because of suspected ties to organizers of the coup, according to The Associated Press.
The education sector is the latest to be affected by the government crackdown. Close to 9,000 people have already been rounded up for alleged involvement in the coup attempt, the AP reported, and 50,000 civil service employees have been fired in the purge.
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