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Main opposition files second appeal to annul education law

8 June 2012, Friday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) filed the second appeal requesting the annulment of a recently approved law, which increases the duration of compulsory education from eight to 12, on the grounds of content.

The Constitutional Court recently rejected the first appeal also filed by the main opposition party. The first appeal was made on procedural grounds. The Constitutional Court unanimously rejected the appeal. The party argued that the law was not appropriately adopted as procedures for discussing and voting on the bill were violated by the commission.

The law increases the current duration of compulsory education from an uninterrupted eight years to 12 years and divided it into three four-year stages. The bill is popularly known as the 4+4+4 bill. The education reform bill was adopted by 295 votes.

The bill, passed in Parliament in March and approved by President Abdullah Gül within weeks, allows children to enroll in other types of educational institutions, namely vocational high schools, after the first four years.

The CHP argued in the appeal that the law prevents equal opportunity in education, increases the danger of exploiting the religion, prevents the strengthening of secular, democratic and rule of law state.

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