German school in İzmir closed by Turkish officials
German Embassy in Ankara on Saturday announced that a German school in the western city of İzmir was closed by the provincial directorate of the Turkish Ministry of Education on Thursday, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported.
“We call on the Turkish government to urgently explain the reasons for the closure of the school. German schools in Turkey will continue to be an essential element of cultural and educational exchange between two countries,” the Embassy said in its written statement.
Dirk Philippi, the head teacher of the German School told German News Agency dpa that a group of officials from the provincial directorate of the Ministry of Education came on Thursday along with the police and gave him a written and an oral notice that the school would be closed. According to the head teacher, “the lack of legal basis” was cited as the reason behind the decision.
“I certainly assume that the school is closed temporarily,” Philippi said, adding that they were negotiating with the Turkish officials to resolve the problem.
German Foreign Ministry also confirmed that the school was closed and noted that they asked from Turkey an explanation for the decision.
The German School in İzmir was founded in 2008 as a branch of the German Embassy’s private school in Ankara. The school also has a kindergarten and provides education to 180 students.