Opposition takes removal of student pledge to Council of State

Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Tanal explained his decision to take the regulation to the Council of State by saying that he foresaw “irreparable harms” coming with this new legislation.

Opposition takes removal of student pledge to Council of State

Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Mahmut Tanal, who is also a member of Parliament's Human Rights Commission, has demanded the cancelation of new legislation which lifted the requirement to recite the student pledge in primary schools, taking it to the Council of State.

The Turkish government lifted the requirement that the student oath, the Turkish pledge of allegiance, be recited en masse in primary schools as part of the reform package announced on Sept. 30 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a decision that later drew much criticism, especially from the main opposition party.

Tanal claimed that the lifting of the student pledge, which had been recited at primary schools as a way of instilling national consciousness, truthfulness, hard work, respect for the old, love for the young, love of country and nation and the aim of improvement -- as the pledge said -- had no legal grounds whatsoever.

Tanal explained his decision to take the regulation to the Council of State by saying that he foresaw “irreparable harms” coming with this new legislation.

In a similar move, Tanal took a new regulation that eliminates a ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves for public employees to the Council of State on Oct. 11, demanding its cancelation on the grounds that the new practice will lead to “irrevocable” damage and “runs contrary to the law.”

According to Tanal, the regulation violates the second article of the Turkish Constitution, which addresses equality before the law. He feels that public officials, as representatives of the state, should not wear or carry any religious symbols because this would undermine their impartiality.

Cihan

Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 00:22
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