Kurds, Christians split over Syria school curriculum

12th September, 2018 10:14:13 printer

Kurds, Christians split over Syria school curriculum

QAMISHLI: Kurdish authorities in Syria’s diverse northeast are facing swelling anger from the area’s Syriac Christians after shutting down more than a dozen schools run by the ancient minority, reports AFP.

At the heart of the dispute is a debate over whether to use the new school curriculum championed by the Kurdish-led autonomous administration or stick to the accredited system used by Damascus.

The schism reflects the broader fissures in the northeast between those supporting formal state institutions and those defending parallel bodies developed by the Kurds.

After regime forces withdrew from swathes of Syria’s northeast early on in the seven-year war, Kurds began building up their own institutions in the area, including police forces and schools.