A move by the Turkish education ministry to remove evolution from the national school curriculum has sparked an outcry and accusations the government is “brainwashing” students.
The government says the change — part of a broad revision of the school curriculum — will modernise learning.
But critics see it has a step back from scientific rigour towards creationism by the Islamic-rooted authorities under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The head of the Turkish education board, Alparslan Durmus, said in a video message evolution would no longer be taught in biology lessons in high schools from September onwards as it was “controversial”.
“We have left aside some controversial subjects because we know it is not possible for our students to have the necessary scientific or information background to understand …