By Addis Getachew
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AA) - A school linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) located on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has been closed, said a student’s parent.
The closure came at 3.00 p.m. local time (1200GMT) on Thursday.
“I went to pick up my two children and we learned that the Oromia Education Bureau gave the school a letter of order to close it,” Tamirnesh Yosef told Anadolu Agency.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Turkey's government set up theTurkish Maarif Foundation soon after the 2016 defeated coup with an aim to administer overseas schools linked to FETO.
Tamirnesh said parents of the students attending the school in Sebeta town had been complaining for quite some time about poor quality of education and rise in tuition fees.
“Our children are not receiving good education and many parents have been complaining about this but the school prevented us from coming together and raise the issue in a formal way,” she said.
“Even certificates have not been handed in a formal ceremony where parents, students and teachers could get together. Instead, we have been told to come and fetch our children’s certificates individually and that was a deliberate attempt to prevent us from coming together and discuss our grievances,” she added.