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Conflicting reports over religious school in Kyrenia

Serdar Denktash

Conflicting reports have emerged from the north that Evkaf, the Turkish Cypriot religious foundation, is creating a religious school in Kyrenia.

Spanning a reported 70 acres, Evkaf’s council chairman Gursel Uzun told daily Yeni Duzen that the foundation had already paid a portion of the amount required to rent out the area for 10 years.

He specified however it wouldn’t be a religious school that would be built but a college.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Evkaf director Ibrahim Benter confirmed the 70 acres of land between Bellapais and Kazafani had been rented out to the foundation however denied it would be for the creation of an imam hatip – a religious secondary education institution.

Benter reportedly said the aim was to create a school for all levels of education starting from pre-school to lyceum with international standards in which children from poorer families could have a chance at a quality education.

It will be created by Evkaf and the ‘education ministry’ in the north, he was quoted as saying.

However, Kyrenia ‘mayor’ Nidai Gungordu told Yeni Duzen, Evkaf had applied to rent the area in question in June for the purposes of creating a sports venue but had yet to receive an answer.

Gungordu said the area lacks the infrastructure for major projects such as a school, college or hotel.

‘Deputy Prime Minister’ Serdar Denktash stated there was no such plan or application for the creation of such a school before the ‘education ministry’, according to CNA.

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