Sunday, October 17, 2004

The spiritual guide to driving (and everything else)

I've just been reading an article in the Observer about Turkmenistan.

I'm glad I'm not a teacher there. Teachers are expected to spend two hours a day on the Spiritual Guide (the Rukhnama, written by the leader, Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenbashi the Great, Turkmenistan's 'President for Life').

Children at nursery learn phrases from the Rukhnama in praise of the great Turkmenbashi before they can read; schoolchildren have to spend two hours a day reading and pondering the lessons it contains. Entrance to university, interviews for jobs in the administration, even driving tests, depend on knowledge of the text.

I wonder if he's been taking lessons in bizarreness from Dear Leader?