Turkish Ministry Deman’s Teaching in Turkish

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–The teaching administration of the Turkish education ministry issued a decree calling on all Armenian schools in Turkey to teach all science coursed in Turkish. This demand has created outrage in the Armenian community.

The Istanbul-based Marmara Armenian daily newspaper reported that such a decree undermines the existing procedure which enables Armenian schools to teach any subject–except the Turkish language–in Armenian.

Several years ago–a similar decree was issued but it was quickly withdrawn following protests from the Turkish-Armenian community.

"The teaching of subject matters in Armenian is a right our schools enjoy," wrote Marmara on the subject. "If all subjects are to be taught in Turkish [except four to five hours of Armenian language weekly] then what is the point of expanding so much resources to maintain and preserve our Armenian schools."

The newspaper also reported that the Turkish authorities have said they would said Turkish teachers to schools–if the Armenian schools are unable to teach those subjects in Turkish.

"At this juncture–when we are preparing to integrate with European standards–how can the education ministry force such a initiative on our schools," concluded the newspaper.

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