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CHP submits censure motion against three ministers.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies have submitted censure motions against Education Minister Nabi Avcy; Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Mehdi Eker; and Family and Social Policy Minister AyE-enur yslam, claiming that these ministers failed to fulfill their responsibilities during their terms in office.

The censure motion, submitted on Monday by a group led by CHP deputy Nur Serter, claimed that as education minister, Avcy is responsible for the government's failure to achieve its goals in a project called the Movement to Increase Opportunities and Technology (FATyH). In this project, which seeks to integrate modern technology into Turkey's public schools, some of the project equipment was not distributed to even half the targeted schools, the CHP deputies claim.

"As of today, the ministry has not been able to bring 92.4 percent of the FATyH project to completion. Furthermore, during different stages of the project, considerable evidence of corruption has come into the open. A censure motion, therefore, is submitted against Education Minister Nabi Avcy, who remained silent in the face of wrongdoings [during his term in office]," the CHP deputies stated in their motion.

On Feb. 5, the ministry released its 2014 activity report, giving a breakdown of the FATyH project's performance. The project was launched at pilot schools in February 2012 with the delivery of about 12,000 tablet PCs and 1,496 smart boards to 52 schools across Turkey. The pilot was part of a longer-term bid to distribute 10.6 million tablets alongside other technological tools such as smart boards over the next four years, finishing in February 2016.

However, the report revealed that the ministry fell short of its plans in key areas of the project. It had planned to strengthen the Internet infrastructure of 2,800 schools but only 135 schools were helped in this way in 2014. Moreover, it had been planned that some 1.2 million students would have access to tablet PCs in public schools by the end of 2014. Yet, again, only 550,000 tablet PCs were distributed in the given period.

In the censure motion submitted against Eker, the CHP deputies stated that because of the improper practices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, agricultural producers are deeply unhappy with it. "We submit a censure motion against Eker for failing to solve the problems that the agricultural sector faces," the deputies stated.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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