Demirtaş response to deputy PM Arinç on Kurdish language - VIDEO
08 February 2012
Arinç on CNN Türk said Kurdish language would not be sufficient as a language of education
Selahattin Demirtaş, chairman for BDP, answered to the statement made by
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinç on CNN Türk that Kurdish could only be taught as an elective course, not as part of primary education to university. According to Arinç, Kurdish language would not be sufficient as a language of education and education should be in Turkish which is, according to Arınç, “a language of civilization."
He also said that Kurds do not want education in their mother tongue. Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Ağrı MP Halil Aksoy emphasized in the parliament that there were hundreds of years old works of literature in Kurdish, including "Mem û Zîn" by Ehmedê Xanî republished by the Ministry of Culture and works of internationally known writer Mehmed Uzun. He also pointed out to the Kurdology department in Mardin Artuklu University and Kurdish being taught on schools and universities in the Federal Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The video is from Northern Voice (Kurdishvideoenglish)
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