Kilicdaroglu questions the Fatih Project exemption

CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Contrary to the by-laws of the Parliament, AKP snuck a rider to the Education Reform bill that exempts up to US$20 billion of tenders under the aegis of Fatih Project, an ambitious project to give each school student a free PC tablet.  Kilicdaroglu claimed the exemptions will pave the way to the greatest embezzlement disasters in the Turkish history:

Turkey’s contentious education bill would lay the ground for large-scale corruption in the procurement of tablet PCs under an ambitious government project, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said yesterday.

A provision in the bill would effectively exempt the so-called FATİH project, under which the government would buy millions of tablet PCs, from the Public Tenders Law, Kılıçdaroğlu said speaking in İzmir yesterday. The amendment to explicitly mention Quranic studies as an elective course was designed deliberately to divert attention from that clause, he claimed.

“They are covering up a theft of $20 billion dollars and to do so they are using our holy book, the Quran, as a tool. Why is a tender worth $20 billion being included in this bill and not in the Public Tenders Law? And when we raise objections to it, Tayyip Erdoğan will say that we are against the Quran,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

Kılıçdaroğlu said the CHP is not opposed to religious education, but argued that educators should have been involved in the process of drafting the bill. “The CHP has never made faith a cover for corruption,” he said. “We are not against religious education. We respect our beliefs, but what kind of a religious education will our children receive? Of course, we would provide [religious instruction] in line with education experts, but the CHP has never used faith as a cover for corruption. [The CHP] strives not to fill its own pockets but to serve the people.[3]

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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