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Evolution Comes Under Fire in Turkey

Turkish high school students will no longer be taught the theory of evolution.
Evolution Comes Under Fire in Turkey

The subject has been cut from the curriculum under changes made to eliminate "controversial" topics, the head of the national board of education, Alpaslan Durmus, announced in a video address.

“We believe that these subjects are beyond their comprehension,” Durmus said in a video published on the education ministry’s website.

He explained a chapter on evolution was being removed from ninth grade biology course books, and the subject was left to be thought in the undergraduate period.

Last year, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtumlus stirred a controversy by declaring that evolution as a theory was both archaic and lacking sufficient evidence.

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