The Turkish Ministry of National Education is planning to add Arabic to the elementary school curriculum beginning next year, reports Al-Monitor. The language will be offered alongside other elective courses for languages like German, French, and English.
The country is divided on the matter. The ministry stated that
“There are above all historical and cultural reasons why Arabic must be learned, which have religious significance in Muslim countries. In addition to religious reasons, economic, tourism, political and commercial reasons make it imperative to learn Arabic.”
Opponents of the introduction of Arabic to the school curriculum note that the government aims to undo the alphabet revolution which introduced the latin alphabet in 1928. Veli Demir, chairman of the education union, told Al-Monitor that they will go to court to sue against violation of the constitution and revolutionary legislation.