Advisory Board: It is our firm demand that the imposition of shift training be abandoned
The struggle continues on the 9th day of the boycott and protest started by the students of the Xanthi Minority Secondary School and High School against the shift education.
The students, who oppose shift-shift education, continue to be supported in their just demands by the parents, the members of the Board of Councillors and the Parent-Teacher Association, as well as the elected leaders of the Turkish Minority.
BTTADD stated that "It is our firm demand that the imposition of shift education is abandoned" and emphasised that the problem of shift education in Xanthi Minority Secondary School and High School is not only the problem of the Turkish students of Xanthi and their parents or Xanthi, but also the problem of every member of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace and that it will act with this awareness. The statement of BTTADK on the subject is as follows
"The Advisory Board of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace convened on Monday evening, 25 September, upon the request of the Xanthi Minority High School Board of Councillors and the Parent-Teacher Association, to discuss the action initiated by the students and parents of the students following the shift education imposed on the Xanthi Minority High School.
It is really not possible to understand the Directorate of Secondary Education and the mentality that supports it, which imposes morning and evening education with 580 students this year to a school that has only provided morning education with 685 students in previous years. For many years, our children have been forced to receive education in the Xanthi Secondary and High School, which is a tobacco warehouse and whose physical conditions are far from providing a modern education. All our institutions and organisations have been voicing this situation for years. Unfortunately, all these cries have never found a response and none of the authorities have made any effort to solve this problem.
The action initiated by the students and parents, which has completed its 8th day, has been supported and continues to be supported by all institutions and organisations, politicians, as well as the School Board of Trustees and the Parent-Teacher Association.
As the Advisory Board of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace, we wholeheartedly support this action initiated by our children, who are our future, and they are right to the end. We are fed up with the fact that a new one is always added to the existing educational problems of our minority.
It is our firm demand that the Xanthi Minority High School is urgently provided with a new education centre and that the imposition of shift education is abandoned as a matter of urgency. As loyal citizens of this country, we believe that we deserve this very much.
We respectfully announce to the public that this problem is not only the problem of Xanthi Minority High School and Xanthi, but also the problem of every member of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace and we will act with this awareness."