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Turkish schools in Western Thrace protest minority education system27 September 2018

Turkish minority schools in Western Thrace reacted to the critical problems in the minority education system.

The problem with the Greek language school-books complexity of Turkish Minority schools in Western Thrace is growing day by day. According to the latest data, totally 48 minority primary schools in Western Thrace (in Xanthi 40, in Rhodope 8) continue their actions against this chaos.

The protest, which started in Xanthi Central Turkish Minority Primary School on Thursday, September 20, grew every day and spread to many primary schools in Western Thrace. On 30 September, totally 48 minority Turkish schools supported the protest.

In the protests that started due to the inadequacy of the special books that were set up in the Greek language curriculum of minority schools 20 years ago, the primary school administrators demanded to be taught the books which are used in all Greek primary schools.

These books, which have been prepared within the framework of the "Program for the Training of Muslim Children" which is supported by the European Union and known as the Frangoudaki program, has been taught as a textbook of the Greek language in Turkish minority primary schools for nearly 20 years. The parents demand to be removed the mentioned books from schools and be substituted with the books which are used in Greek primary schools all over Greece. "The books prepared within the framework of this program are insufficient in the education of Greek language in Turkish Minority schools." Parents said.

Minority education is trying to stand with serious problems that have existed for many years. Totally 128 minority primary schools remain in Western Thrace, 72 of them is in Rhodope, 45 in Xanthi and 11 in Evros.

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