June 27, 2014

Prime minister's son-in-law entering prep school business

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak has founded a new company which states in its foundation charter that its purpose is to "open exam prep schools and additional educational institutions and schools" and to "perform any kind of educational activities,” the Taraf daily reported on Friday.

Taraf highlighted that the company aims to open prep schools despite Prime Minister Erdoğan having waged a war against such institutions. He recently enacted a law banishing such private educational institutions under the guise of reforming the education system in Turkey, a move many perceived as a new front in his war against the Hizmet movement, which runs thousands of prep schools in Turkey.

The company was registered as BTİ Eğitim Kurumlar Ticaret A.Ş. on April 9, 2014, with the İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO), and Albayrak appears to be its only shareholder.

It has a long list of services in its line of operation, from opening schools and dormitories to operating existing ones, providing consultation services, opening labs and so on. Another service of the company will be to deliver food ordered online or via telephone to homes.

After getting a master's degree at Pace University in New York, Albayrak started working at Çalık Holding in 1999. In 2004, he married Erdoğan' daughter, Esra. He became the general manager of Çalık Holding and stepped down in November 2013. He is a columnist at the Sabah daily.

Published on Today's Zaman, 27 June 2014, Friday