Vienna: Mayor says Turkish schools 'possible'

Vienna: Mayor says Turkish schools 'possible'

Interstingly enough, there are more Turkish secondary-school students in Vienna than Turkish primary school students. 


Social Democratic (SPÖ) Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl revealed he could imagine Turkish schools in Austria.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Kadri Ecvet Tezcan, Turkey's ambassador in Austria, Häupl said today (Fri) he thought it was "possible" that there would be Turkish schools in the Austrian capital one day.

The mayor also stressed however how important it was that young Turks living in Vienna take mother language courses. Around 6,000 immigrant students from the country currently sit such classes.

Tezcan said experts have pointed out that mastering one's mother tongue was essential to being able to learn a foreign language. He stressed this was a key condition for functioning integration.

There are around 15,900 children of Turkish roots born in Turkey or Austria attending primary and secondary schools in the city. They make a 13.7 per cent share of children at primary schools, and a 17.8 per cent share at Hauptschulen (secondary modern schools).


Source: Austrian Times

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