Another Gülenist operative found to be handing out questions of recruitment tests
by Merve Aydoğan
ISTANBULApr 13, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
Apr 13, 2015 12:00 am
Specialists from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) believe they have found the infiltrator of the examination questions related to the cheating scandal that allegedly took place in the 2010 Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS). The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office had launched an investigation, in which hard drives of computers seized in the Measurement, Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) building were examined by TÜBİTAK specialists. The report, which was prepared based on the 17 hard drives from the seized computers, was presented to the prosecutor's office and revealed that the alleged infiltrator, S.İ.A, worked for the ÖSYM to prepare questions.
The report further revealed that S.İ.A, who worked for ÖSYM until 2012, is an academic and an instructor in the School of Administration at Fatih University, a Gülen Movement-affiliated university, teaching business mathematics, computer management and office applications. TÜBİTAK reports indicate that S.İ.A's computer had contained two files and were encrypted on May 20, 2010, which included questions from the 2010 Vertical Transition Exam (DGS). Out of 78 DGS questions, 54 were the same questions from the 2010 examination. Furthermore, S.İ.A also allegedly retrieved questions from the Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam (ALES) prior to the examination date. In addition, the report prepared by the TÜBİTAK specialists indicated that S.İ.A had allegedly downloaded questions onto a personal computer.
The prosecutor's office has been investigating the Social Security Institution (SGK) records of 350 people who answered all 120 questions correctly on the 2010 KPSS, and it has been discovered that many of them are allegedly affiliated with the Gülen Movement. As part of the investigation, 32 suspects have been arrested and 30 more were released on the condition of judicial control. The Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office released a statement in late March relating to the investigation, saying: "In the history of the KPSS, although no one has ever previously answered all 120 questions correctly in the Educational Sciences part of the exam, in 2010, a total of 350 people gave correct answers to 120 out of the 120 questions on the exam."
Out of 350 people, 70 of them are spouses, 23 are relatives and 52 have been living in more or less the same district, apartment, address, building complex or street, according to the statement. Alluding to the recent cheating scandal, in which members of the Gülen Movement have been implicated in addition to other accusations of various offenses including wiretapping high-level officials and infiltrating key state institutions, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said it is hard to understand how one could violate people's rights and favor those close with an aim to control the state where they are placed.