Minority MP submits a question on the problem of Imam-Hatip High School graduates
SYRIZA Party Xanthi Deputy Hüseyin Zeybek brought up the Equivalence Certificate problems experienced by Imam Hatip High School (IHL) graduates.
Deputy Zeybek brought up the problems experienced by IHL graduates regarding the Equivalent Certificate in the parliamentary question he submitted to the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, and asked if the ministry would take any initiative to solve the problems.
Addressing the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, he stated the following in his parliamentary question on "Equivalence Certificate Problems of Imam Hatip High School Graduates":
"Equivalence certificates for diplomas are given according to the circular numbered Π.Δ. 155/78 and Φ.815.1/33/Ζ1/1407/04-03-1994 and Φ.815.4/Ε187/Ζ1/1407/21-08-1998. In line with these conditions The equivalence of high school diplomas from abroad is determined.
However, these provisions do not include the students of Imam Hatip schools, which have the same status as the Madrasahs operating in our country.
Recently, many students who attend Imam Hatip Secondary Schools and High Schools or return to Greece after completing their education are faced with a legislative gap due to the fact that their high school diplomas are not equivalent to the high schools in our country.
As a result, these students cannot complete their education in our country, cannot have their high school diplomas accepted, and therefore cannot continue their education at a higher level or develop professionally.
The answer given by the relevant students as a result of their correspondence with the Ministry of Education units (Directorate for Abdroad Education, European and Minority Intercultural Education) (DIPODE): "The equivalence of a foreign Imam Hatip education unit with a local General Education degree is not foreseen in the current legislation".
Accordingly, due to the lack of legislation, Imam Hatip High Schools are not even equated with the operating Madrasahs.
· Imam Hatip graduates are victims of the Greek education system, because their high school diplomas are not equivalent.
· The lack of legislation in question hinders students' educational and professional development opportunities.
The Minister is asked:
1. Do you intend to take the initiative to create the conditions and way for Imam Hatip High Schools to obtain equivalence certificates and to match with the General Education degrees of the country?
2. Do you intend to take the initiative to create the conditions and way for the Imam Hatip High Schools operating abroad to at least harmonize with the education titles of the Madrasahs in the country?
3. Despite the many applications for equivalence certificates and the fact that the students who graduated from these educational institutions are in a deadlock, what is the reason for maintaining this legal vacuum?