Commenters on my previous post on creationism in Turkish schools are right in one sense — Turkey’s schools have way bigger problems. This past week 14 principals resigned in Turkey’s eastern province of Diyarbakir because they were not gven enough resources to keep their schools open.
For years, schools have had no resources from the Education Ministry to meet their needs for cleaning, heating and security, [Nusret Taş, Education Personnel Labor Union, or Eğitim Bir-Sen’s, Silvan representative] said. Schools provide those funds from donations by parents, but families in the district are mostly poor, he said. Fırat Akdeniz, Silvan representative of Education and Science Personnel Union, or Eğitim Sen, also said the problem is not limited to Silvan. “The same problem occurs all over Turkey. (click here)
I documented the same thing in schools in Istanbul’s working-class Umraniye district in the 1980s (in my book Money Makes Us Relatives). The very poor parents were expected to pay the salaries of some of the teachers, heating and cleaning the building, and even the salaries of a tea person for each floor. The people I was with were distraught because they didn’t have enough money to pay for their daughter’s lunches, also an additional expense that had to be paid up front.