Kurds in Turkey call on government to provide mother tongue education
“PM Erdogan says official language is Turkish in Turkey.” PM Erdogan
A Turkish member of parliament, from ruling AKP, says the Kurdish cause cannot be resolved until the Turkish government provides education in Kurdish mother tongue.
Elective minority language courses, including Kurdish, are now offered in the public schools.
As announcement of the democracy package by Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is underway every political party in the country interprets the package in a different way. They are calling on the government to further open its policy toward the Kurds.
Ghalib Ansariuglo, AKP MP in Diarbakir, says that, “education in Kurdish and redefinition of being a Turkish citizen are two serious articles of the package.” He added that the package will not be succeeding without implementing those articles.
Ansariuglo says that if education in native language won’t be guaranteed, the Kurdish cause remains unresolved. In addition, he said if the Turkish state wants to find a solution for the Kurdish question, it should guarantee education in Kurdish in all the public schools.
In a recent remark, PM Erdogan said that he strongly disagree the demand. It means any sorts of negotiations over the issue as part of the package or constitutional reforms process could be chaotic.
“The official language in Turkey is Turkish,” PM Erdogan said, adding that, “There is not such a demand or right as education in mother tongue.”
“We have decided to open Kurdish language department in universities.” The Turkish state does not let the Kurdish students to study their mother tongue but they are allowed to study their language for two hours per week.