The schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina opened with Turkish imam Fethullah Gulen's capital are expected to be left to the Islamic Community in Bosnia to manage, Bosnian media said on Wednesday, although there has been no official confirmation.
The 15 schools, ranging from kindergartens to colleges in Sarajevo, Zenica, Mostar, Bihac and Tuzla, were founded in 1998. Their management boards have confirmed that negotiations are under way with the Islamic Community but there has been no final decision yet.
The decision will be made by the Islamic Community's highest executive body, spokesman Orhan Hadziagic said, as quoted by Dnevni Avaz daily.
The plan is to turn the system of 15 schools called Bosna-Sema into a foundation to be run by the Islamic Community. Its deputy head, Husein Smajic, said the negotiations might take a while.
Turning over the Beta-Sema schools to the Islamic Community in Bosnia could be a response to pressure from the Turkish government which, after a failed military coup in July, has been targeting everything connected to Gulem, whom it considers the mastermind of a plot against Recep Tayyip Erdogan Consequently, schools linked to Gulen have become targets.
In the Balkans, similar schools also exist in Kosovo and Albania. Gulen has opened over 2,000 schools in 52 countries with at least two million students.