Two elementary schools separate Kurd from Arab students in al-Raqqa city

Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: October 23, 2018, 3:50:15 PM wire SOCIETYART & CULTURE Culture

Al-Raqqa - SMART

The administration of the elementary schools of al-Buhturi and al-Andalus in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, separated the Arab pupils from the Kurd ones and assigned different teachers for each group.

Local activists said that the administration of the al-Andalus School separated about 140 Kurdish pupils from their Arab peers and assigned Kurdish teachers to teach them in the Kurdish language.

On Tuesday, the Director of Education for the Kurdish Autonomous Administration in al-Raqqa, Ali al-Shannan, told SMART that the schools separated the pupils because the Kurdish pupils do not understand Arabic language as most of them were displaced from the cities of Afrin, Ras al-Ayn, and Ayn al-Arab (Kobani).

Al-Shannan said that the Directorate of Education assigned Kurdish teachers to teach the Kurdish pupils in the al-Buhturi and al-Andalus schools in their mother language, adding that the Kurdish pupils will study later the Arabic language to be able to continue their education in the future.

Al-Shannan added that the Kurdish language is not mandatory for the Arab students in the schools of al-Raqqa.

The Kurdish Autonomous Administration approved its high school curriculums for the current school year and threatened to prevent teachers and principals who refuse to teach and adopt the autonomous administration's curriculums from entering schools.

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Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: October 23, 2018, 3:50:15 PM wire SOCIETYART & CULTURE Culture
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