Syria: Students, teachers protest in Hasakah as SDF-affiliated militants occupy schools

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School administrators, teachers and students rallied in front of Hasakah Education Directorate on Thursday to protest against the reported takeover of school facilities by militants affiliated with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“We were studying but the Syrian Democratic Forces prevented us from doing so. But I had come a long way to study,” explained one student.

Protesters including local students held portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and signs denouncing the takeover.

Director of Hasakah Education Ilham Sourkhan has reportedly condemned the occupation of schools by SDF forces as he alleged the militants were trying to prevent students from accessing their places of study.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has cited government officials who have claimed SDF aims to impose its own educational curricula, replacing curricula dictated by Syrian Ministry of Education and turn schools to its own military headquarters. ​

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