Zeybek: Ministry of Education is taking big risks
Member of The Greek Parliament SIRIZA MP Hüseyin Zeybek took the floor during the debate on the bill called "New Horizons in Higher Education Institutions" of the Ministry of Education and once again brought up the minority education issues as well as the building problem of Xanthi Minority High School.
In his speech, Zeybek stated that the Ministry of Education continues to take great risks regarding Xanthi Minority High School, and despite the fact that the Minority High School's building problem was mentioned in the report of the Thrace Commission, no attempt was made and reminded that the building in question was a 19th century tobacco store.
Emphasizing that the building is insufficient to meet the educational needs, Zeybek stated that a new school building should be allocated or an urgent initiative should be taken for the construction of a new building.
Xanthi Deputy Hüseyin Zeybek briefly stated the following in his speech in the parliament:
The policy implemented by the Ministry of Education and Culture in minority education seems to have remained from the middle Ages.
The Government's only concern is to extend the contracts of religious educators (Ierodidaskalos) who are not accepted by the minority community. The Ministry of Education also takes great risks regarding Xanthi Minority High School.
In addition, although the building problem of the Minority High School was mentioned in the report of the Thrace commission, no attempt was made.
I would like to emphasize that the building in question is a tobacco store from the 19th century.
Due to the density of students, this building is no longer sufficient; it is one of the rare schools that provide morning and afternoon shift education.
Emphasizing that the building is insufficient to meet the educational needs, I request you to take urgent action for the allocation of a new school building or the construction of a new building once again. The only thing that matters is the safety of students.
In addition, we have witnessed another kind of discrimination very recently.
Xanthi Primary Education Director did not allow the gardens of the Minority schools to be used in “hatim ceremonies” and her justification is that such activities are not suitable for pedagogical formation.
Of course, especially the Miki (Mustafaçova) Municipality officials and parents reacted to this decision.
Such practices remind us of dark times for the minority we want to forget.
The Siriza Party is in favor of both such events and the use of children's school gardens as playgrounds.
It should not be forgotten that these schools are foundation properties.
A similar example is the refusal of the Ministry of Education to return the old Echinos (Şahin) Madrasa School building to the foundation administration to which it belongs, so that it can be restored and reused.
Zeybek concluded his speech by saying, “How will a Government that is incapable of solving the limited problems of minority education solve the problems of an entire education system?