Kurds in Tur­key call on gov­ern­ment to pro­vide mother tongue ed­u­ca­tion

“PM Er­do­gan says of­fi­cial lan­guage is Turk­ish in Tur­key.” PM Er­do­gan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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