Turkish PM announces Kurdish to be taught in public schools
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo: AA)
12 June 2012 / TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Kurdish will be offered as an elective course at public schools.
Erdoğan announced the introduction of elective Kurdish language classes at his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) group meeting on Tuesday. During his speech, Erdoğan confirmed earlier remarks by deputy Beşir Atalay, who said a new education package the government is working on includes teaching students' mother tongues in public schools. Erdoğan said the Kurdish courses will be available if the demand meets the minimum student quota.
The government recently introduced changes to the education system that divides the total educational period into three consecutive stages of four years, often referred to as the “4+4+4” system. Sources say Kurdish courses will be available at the secondary level for three or four periods a week. Since there are currently no Kurdish language or literature specialists in the teaching field, the classes will be taught by “master teachers” who are fluent in the language.
During his speech, Erdoğan also commented on a recent initiative by the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) to find a solution to the Kurdish issue through a consensus among all political parties. He also said he welcomes the CHP's efforts, although they are “belated,” and criticized the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) for failing to lend support to the CHP's initiative. He added that his party may help the CHP in convincing the MHP to join the talks.
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12-Jun-2012 08:47 PMO you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allâh as just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mā'idah: 8)
12-Jun-2012 09:19 PM
Alhamdulilah, about time. The Turkish policy of cultural suppression of the Kurds was just counter-productive to Islam, and was clearly designed to drive a wedge between Muslims.
At the end of the Ottoman period, Turks & Kurds were one people (not culturally, but politically), and the Kurds were even instrumental in trying to re-establish the Ottoman Khilafah. But after only a few short decades of Kemalism, they were at each other's throats.الشعب يريد خلافة من جديد
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