Leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Mehmet Ali Talat, met with delegations from the Turkish Cypriot Teacher Trade Union (KTOS) and the Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOEOS), with whom he discussed problems in the TRNC’s education sector.
At the meeting, Talat argued that there has been a remarkable increase in activity by the Islamic community in the TRNC.
Pointing out that the CTP was among the parties which was against the ban of headscarves at the TRNC’s universities when the Supreme Education Board of Turkey (YOK) prohibited the wearing of the headscarf, Talat argued that today the situation has changed, since the amount of religious bias which exists in formal education is unacceptable and contravenes national education laws and regulations.
Stating that education should remain secular, Talat said that opening the theological School in the Nicosia suburb of Haspolat was an anomaly.
He added, however, that the CTP would continue to protect the freedom of religious belief in the TRNC.