Turkey's state-run news agency said Tuesday that courts have ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed pending trial over their roles in a failed coup attempt.
The targeting of education ties in with Erdogan's belief that the US -based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whose followers run a worldwide network of schools, seeks to infiltrate the Turkish education system and other institutions in order to bend the country to his will.
President Erdogan had blamed Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, who lives in exile in the United States, for Friday night's failed coup.
"There is an investigation into those linked to FETO", the ministry said, but did not give further details on what kind of employees were suspended.
Turkey's Board of Higher Education requested resignations from 1,577 university deans.
Of the deans dismissed, 1,176 worked in public universities and 401 in private institutions, Anadolu reported Tuesday.
Thousands of soldiers, police and officials have been detained or sacked since Friday's coup attempt.
"I urge the USA government to reject any effort to abuse the extradition process to carry out political vendettas", he said in a statement.
He also warned against revenge in the aftermath of a failed coup targeting his government.
But with the authorities detaining more than 7,500 people so far in a massive legal crackdown and sacking nearly 9,000 people, Turkey's European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have urged Ankara to keep the rule of law in place.
A total of 208 people were killed, including 145 civilians, 60 police and three soldiers, along with 104 coup plotters, the government and army says.
A religious school in the Kasimpasa neighborhood of Istanbul where Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was born. The Turkish currency dropped 1.8 percent against the USA dollar Wednesday, trading at a low for the year of just over 3 lira to the dollar.
Anadolu Agency said those formally arrested include former air force commander Gen.
Gulen, who is resident in the United States, has denied any involvement in the military plot to topple the government, and hinted that the coup might have been staged to justify his arrest.
Hasan Ay, a municipal worker in Istanbul, said he wanted coup ringleaders to be executed. The bank's Monetary Policy Committee said it has reduced its overnight marginal funding rate from 9 per cent to 8.75 per cent.
Addressing hundreds of supporters outside his Istanbul residence early yesterday, he responded to calls for the death penalty with a simple statement: "You can not put aside the people's demands".
Mr Gülen denies any involvement and several analysts have said they do not believe he is involved.
The BBC's Nick Thorpe in Ankara says that the meeting will be the president's first chance since the coup attempt to sit and talk in person with all key members of the government and armed forces.
Mr Erdogan's suggestion that the death penalty could be reinstated has sent shudders through Europe and sparked warnings such a move would be the nail in the coffin of its already embattled bid to join the EU.