Turkey: teachers union wants abolition of mixed-sex classes

26 September, 16:01

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 26 - Egitim-Bir-Sen, an education sector trade union with conservative views, has demanded the abolition of mixed-sex education, a move that comes in the wake of the government's decision to allow grade-five girls to wear headscarves in class - another of the group's demands. As daily Hurriyet online reports, the declaration by Egitim-Bir-Sen, which is headed by Ahmet Gundogdu, who also heads the umbrella organization Memur-Sen, said mixed-education system was a "violation of rights." "The boundaries beyond democratic education rights, which limit the basic preferences of the people, should be eliminated. Compulsory 'mixed' education, which holds the will and preferences of the people captive, should be ended. The state should withdraw from its assertiveness on the issue," said a declaration that was drafted after meetings last week. It also called for a change in the syllabus to prioritize "moral and social values." Egitim-Bir-Sen is known for its nationalistic and conservative stance.


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