Lawsuit on withdrawing license of Turkish schools in Egypt referred to SLA
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan - AFP/Adem Altan

CAIRO: The Court of Administrative Justice referred a lawsuit demanding withdrawing the license from Turkish schools in Egypt to the State Lawsuit Authority (SLA) on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The lawsuit was filed by Lawyer Samir Sabry, who accuses Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of breaching the Egyptian educational system between 2009 and 2012 in seven schools in different governorates, including Cairo, Alexandria and Bani Sweif.

Sabry claims the schools promote curricula unapproved by Egypt, in addition to that the “schools’ staff follows” Turkish preacher Mohamed Fathallah Gulen, who was one of Erdogan’s mentors at the time of opening the schools.

The lawsuit did not mention the name of the schools, but the most notable Turkish school in Cairo Salahaldin International School, which was established in 2009 and now has a branch in Bani Sweif, Upper Egypt.

According to the school official website, it serves around 900 students encompassing a student body from kindergarten to High school.

Following its establishment, School director Shawkat Shesmek told the London-based Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awast that the school curriculum is derived from U.S. learning books but at the same time the staff considers the Egypt’s religious societal traditions.

“The school establishing expenses were funded by Turkish nationals who follows Islamic preacher Mohamed Fathallah Gulen,” he said.

Diplomatic tensions have sparked between Egypt and Turkey since the military overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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  1. intellectualist
    May 26, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    The court should demand Turkey replace these cult run schools with new schools that comply with Egyptian standards.

  2. intellectualist
    May 27, 2015 at 12:01 am

    These schools are such a threat to Egypt that Turkey should pay punitively with three times as many replacement schools and should be forced against their will to accept Morsi.

  3. ddw salama
    September 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    My children attend this school. The teachers and administrators are decidedly apolitical. Students, staff and parents alike are forbidden to discuss politics in school, and this rule is enforced.

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