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  • Jan 09, 2012
  • 11:05 PM

Mandatory Turkish puts Kurdish pupils at disadvantage

Constanze Letsch / The Guardian
Kemal, a teacher for over 15 years, says that the school lacks space, educational materials, and another teacher. But the main problem, he thinks, is the language: "By law, we teachers are forced to speak Turkish [in class], but some children don't understand. You put pressure on them; you basically treat them as if they were slow-witted, but the children in front of you simply do not understand because they do not speak Turkish."

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