Dec 11 2017

Religious culture teachers asked to visit students’ houses

A local education authority in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul has ordered religion teachers to visit students’ houses, the left-wing Evrensel newspaper said.

Maltepe District National Education Directorate sent a file named “the Teachers’ Conversation Project” to schools, asking religious culture and moral knowledge teachers to organise religious home conversations with 10-person student groups outside their normal lesson hours, preferably at the houses.

Faith, morals, last year’s July 15 coup attempt and the life of the prophet are among the lesson subjects and units that teachers are to discuss during these conversations.

The letter, shown on the Evrensel website, did not say what age group of students would be included in the scheme.