The Kurdish National Council, one of the Syrian Coalition’s blocks, condemned the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) changing of school textbooks under the pretext of the teaching the Kurdish language in a statement released yesterday.
The Kurdish National Council said that the PYD is pursuing a totalitarian ideology aimed at the abolition of the role of political forces and civil society organizations, rejecting any repeat the Baath Party’s policies of ideological education.
It calls upon the Kurdish community to put pressure on the side that issues such decisions to stop interfering in education and the separation of Kurdish pupil from other nationalities.
The statement added that the latest PYD’s move is a continuation of previous policies aimed at emptying the Kurdish areas and the displacement of the dissident Kurdish population, citing the PYD’s imposition of compulsory military service in the predominantly Kurdish areas.
It pointed out that for decades, the Kurdish national movement preserved the Kurdish language even in the most difficult circumstances, noting that it conducted secret courses to teach Kurdish language, and is still struggling to preserve the Kurdish language in education and consider it an official language in the Kurdish areas and in Syria generally.
The statement stresses that writing school curricula requires high expertise, adding that the teaching staff must be competent and qualified in accordance with the educational and scientific standards. It also said that the curricula the PYD forces schools to adopt is not recognized by any international or regional body or even by the Assad’s regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition)