Eğitim Sen: Lack of education in mother tongue led to a disruption in education

Eğitim Sen Diyarbakır Branches said that the lack of education in the mother tongue seriously affected access to education in the Kurdish region and Turkey as a whole.

The Education and Science Workers’ Union (Eğitim Sen) Diyarbakır Branches released the academic year evaluation report on Monday.

Hatice Efe, Education Secretary of the No.1 Branch of the union, reminded that many education workers died from the virus during the epidemic period.

Efe stated that more than 200 thousand students in Amed (Diyarbakir) and 6 million students in North Kurdistan and Turkey experienced problems in accessing education.

The report pointed out that in 2020, there were nearly 493 thousand enrolled students in Amed, and 195 thousand were ignored in access to education.

Drawing attention to the problem of elective courses, Efe noted that almost all of these courses are shaped by the provincial and district national education directorates, which are pro-government.

The report revealed that "In some provinces, with the written and verbal instructions conveyed to the education administrators, the students were asked to choose "Quran", "prophet Muhammad’s life" and "Basic Religious Knowledge" courses."

Pointing out the problem of mother tongue education in the city, Efe said, “Especially receiving distance education in a language not used in family communication made the process more impossible in terms of sustainability of education at home. This process has resulted in a break in our children's education life. Unfortunately, the Ministry of National Education (MEB) could not manage the education process.”