K.Ö. who is a Turkish philology teacher at Erzurum’s Aşkale province, had entered an interview to lift his prospective teacher status and to be ennobled.
Interview commission has posed the questions, “What do you think of the presidential system and the referendum? What will you advise to the people around you?” K.Ö. indicated that he doesn’t lean towards a presidential system. The commission failed him with a score of 34, thus his desire to become ennobled as a teacher melted away until next year.
‘The education system has collapsed’
CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş who carried the subject to the GNAT has stated, “The questions that were asked at the interview are incredible. The labor that people put in to such fields is being usurped in a matter of minutes. This is a seizure of labor and hard-work. The current situation points out that the Turkish education system has collapsed entirely.
We have seen in the past the questions of “Who comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Chief’?” Since the current agenda of the country is locked on the upcoming referendum, the questions that are being asked in interviews are related to that.
The prospective teacher was asked ‘What do you think of the presidential system and the referendum?’ I am really curious to see what kind of a bond there is between this question and the decision for such interview. What does the interview commission intend to achieve with this question? Will there be an investigation against the members of the commission? Is it possible to recruit teachers based on merit and preparedness with these type of questions? When will you start interviewing individuals in an unbiased manner based on their actual preparedness, merit and knowledge?”
Yarkadaş, in his written parliamentary question to the Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz, asked the following:
1- What is the reasoning behind the ‘Presidential System’ question at a prospective teacher’s interview?
2- Is it true that this candidate was given lower score because he indicated that he doesn’t lean towards a presidential system?
3- How many members are there in an interview commission? Will there be an investigation against the members who brought up the question regarding an individuals’ political inclination?
4- Is there an ongoing practice to record oral interviews that your ministry is conducting?