Myanmar media reported Friday that Horizon International Schools in the country may be closed down for their links to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which is accused of orchestrating the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.
An article on Frontier Myanmar magazine's website says the government filed a complaint to police based on "national security" concerns. Quoted by the magazine, Dr. Zaw Win, deputy director general of the Basic Education Department, said they wanted to close down the schools before the next academic year begins.
Horizon, which shares a name with other FETÖ-linked schools in the United States, was established in this Asian country in the year 2000 and has campuses in Mandalay and Yangon. The schools include a kindergarten, primary and secondary schools and a high school.
The FETÖ-linked schools are under closer scrutiny in the aftermath of the recent coup attempt in Turkey that killed 248 people. Turkey has asked several countries worldwide to shut down dozens of schools, colleges and businesses linked to the FETÖ network in the wake of the putsch attempt.
The terrorist group boasts a large network of schools in every continent and is accused of gaining new recruits to its cause by students trained at the schools. Turkey has set up a new education foundation recently for taking over the control of FETÖ-linked schools closed by other countries. The Maarif Foundation took over 30 schools linked to the terrorist group since it was launched in September 2016. Most African countries, for instance, decided to shut down the schools and hand them to Turkey. Africa is one of the continents where FETÖ has vast influence. In Asia, the group runs a network of schools in countries including Malaysia and Central Asian nations.