A Turkish teacher in Turkey’s southeastern Şırnak province has recently imposed a ban on mother language usage in an elementary school classroom, according to pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Aycan Irmez.
Irmez issued a parliamentary question to the Minister of Education regarding to the incident, asking if there was a directive telling teachers to prevent Kurdish children from speaking Kurdish.
The ban came to public attention after one of the kids parent tweeted a piece of paper on which was scribbled the following instructions by an unidentified teacher at the Tumgeneral Omer Kececigil Primary School in Şırnak.
“1 – I shall not speak Kurdish.
2 – I shall not speak during the lesson
3 – I shall not fight in the class,” read the papers put on a wall at the school
According to the Kurdistan 24’s Turkish language service, one of the parents filed a complaint against the teachers at the information desk of the Turkish Prime Ministry.