World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Minister of National Education Nabi Avci said on Tuesday that the reform of education in native language which enabled the private schools to have their students select which language they want to study in if a sufficient number of students sign up for a class, would be implemented in 2014-2015 Academic Year at the latest.
Speaking at the Anadolu Agency's (AA) Editor's Desk, Avci evaluated the latest development in Turkish education system.
Avci, stating that the education in foreign language would cover the languages of Kurdish dialects Kurmanji and Zazaki, Bosnian, Arabic and Laz, said that some Turkish lessons would be continued to be taught in private schools that would give mother language education.
"Removing all the Turkish lessons from the curriculum in some private schools is out of question. These private schools will be like the colleges that educate in English, French or German. As well as the lessons in Kurmanji, Zazaki, Bosnian, Arabic and Laz, some languages will be also taught. Some Turkish lessons are obliged to be taught," Avci said.
Avci also said the Turkish lessons were necessary for minorities who would prefer to work in Turkey.
Reminded that Assyrians had also demanded to open school of minorities which was ensured by the Lausanne Peace Treaty, Avci said "Assyrians in Turkey's southeastern province Mardin filed a claim for a school of minorities and won the case because the treaty did not warrant them to be educated in their mother language."
Avci said that an Assyrian school would be a Turkish school like other schools of minorities.
"They will sing the Turkish National Anthem and they will be overseen by Turkish Ministry of National Education as other schools of minorities," said Avci.
Removal of the student oath
Reminding that the Ministry of National Education removed an article that required primary school students to tell an oath every weekday, Avci said,
"The student oath has been in force since 1933. The implementation was launched as inspired by the atmosphere of 1930s. The world has changed. It was an anachronistic practice. Today we aim the project of "A State of the Multinational."
Lifting the headscarf ban
Turkish minister who was asked about the lifting of the headscarf ban that allowed civil servants to wear headscarves in government offices, said "It is an amendment that has eased a large segment of society, especially the women who have had problems for many years."
Avci also noted that 350 of the dismissed teachers in the Feb. 28 process applied to the ministry to return to work.
"Legal obstacles against restoring the original names of villages will also be eliminated" said Avci for the use of certain letters, such as “q,” “w” and “x,” which are used in Kurdish but forbidden in official documents in Turkey.Last Mod: 08 Ekim 2013, 14:42