Kurdish courses attract great interest in Batman

July 10, 2012, Tuesday/ 16:08:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Kurdish courses to be offered in the southeastern province of Batman have garnered much public interest, leading many to enroll in courses to become Kurdish language teachers.

Under the new 4+4+4 education system recently introduced by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), dividing the total period of mandatory education into three consecutive stages of four years, the Kurdish language will be offered as an elective course at the secondary level, with classes to be held three to four times a week. Since there are currently no Kurdish language or literature specialists in the teaching field, Mardin Artuklu University, Muş Alparslan University and the Batman branch of the Nûbihar Association will teach Kurdish language speakers to teach the Kurdish language in the new school system.

In this regard, Kurdish language courses and language workshops have become much-requested in the region, notably in Batman. Abdurrahman Aslan, chairman of the Nûbihar Association's Batman branch, stated that Kurdish instruction courses will continue to be offered over the summer vacation thanks to the devoted work of the teachers of the association's language workshops.

Aslan noted that university graduates from relevant departments have enrolled in courses to become Kurdish teachers in the new system and that the association has already given certificates to 25 trainees who finished their courses successfully.

“The Kurdish courses, to which we attach great importance, are taking on more significance every day. We had two classes available before. This number has grown to six. We have also opened private Kurdish courses for females with female Kurdish teachers. Our daughters and sisters who would like to learn Kurdish [without the presence of men] can enroll in [these] courses," added Aslan.

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