2/10/2017 - 10:55 am

Turkish Academics' Struggles After Failed Coup

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People during a rally to protest the failed coup attempt / Photo: Shutterstock People during a rally to protest the failed coup attempt / Photo: Shutterstock

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events.

Black South Africans facing problems in finding jobs

According to Statistics South Africa, even after gaining higher education, black South Africans are facing the most problems in finding the job and they remain economically disadvantaged. There are significant differences in unemployment rates among graduates, with more than 20% of young black Africans out of work against 5% for whites and coloureds and 8% for indians. “The gap is getting worse over time and the trend raises concerns about the quality of qualifications black Africans are receiving and/or labour market discrimination,” the statistician-general Lehohla said.

Turkish academics' struggles after failed coup

New academic year in Turkey began. Attempted coup in July 2016 saw total of 5,717 academics from 117 Turkish universities sacked from their jobs. Almost 70,000 students have been icarcerated, and 15 universities have been shut down altogether. Increasing oppression created an atmosphere of uncertainty. Purged academics became trapped, without any way to get back on the same academic path in their native country. In a recent interview, sociologist Nilufer Gole declared: “Our freedom of speech is under attack, our personal voices are silenced and our words are penalised.” Some of the teachers now use social platforms such as YouTube and Skype to teach, like professor Erugrul Uzun who started uploading on YouTube, where he made his introduction to law course. This summer, Istanbul Solidarity Academy organized their first event for academics who were expelled by decree.

Welsh students take loans to afford luxury flats

It has been claimed that Welsh students are taking out pay day loans in order to live in luxury flats and avoid poor standard accommodation, reports BBC. Plans for building brand new student rooms in Cardiff and Swansea have been submitted. A room in a traditional house can cost around £50 a week, while a studio apartment with private dining room, cinema and gym costs around £177 a week. In the next year alone 1,700 new student rooms will be opened in Cardiff. NUS Cymru spokesman said that '' students just want a decent house.''

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Muamer Hirkic

Muamer is a Bachelor of English Language and Literature, currently pursuing MA degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.

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