LOCAL > Religious schools sprouting in Turkey in wake of contentious reform bill


Print Page Send to friend »
An AKP deputy hands out diplomas at a imam hatip graduation ceremony. DHA Photo

An AKP deputy hands out diplomas at a imam hatip graduation ceremony. DHA Photo

Some 67 new imam-hatip religious schools have been opened in Istanbul's 39 districts on the heels of controversial educational reforms, private broadcaster NTV reported on its website today.
Istanbul Provincial Education Directorate reportedly opened the new religious vocational schools in accordance with the “4+4+4” law, which will permit pupils to enter a vocational educational stream after just four years of education.
The Anatolian-side districts of Ümraniye and Sultanbeyli will each host five new imam-hatip schools, while four each will be established in the European-side districts of Eyüp and Büyükçekmece.
Around 450 schools will be reorganized as elementary schools, junior high schools and imam-hatip junior high schools.
Female secondary and high school students will also be permitted to wear headscarves in elective religion classes that were introduced as part of the reform bill. A number of other elective courses were also introduced in addition to the two new elective religion courses, the Quran and the “Life of Our Prophet, His Majesty."
The reform has come under fire on the grounds that it will allow conservative parents to remove girls from school and encourage child labor.


PRINTER FRIENDLY Send to friend »


Notice on comments

Myself Me Myself and I

6/29/2012 7:01:59 PM

IN response to mara mcglothin "HOw do you know these girls are beautiful since they are covering the pretty party?" Indeed the girls are beautiful, as MR Somali said. What makes them beautiful? Apart from the headscarf, knowledge beautifies one. They seem to have got some of it :) .....

Ather Zaidi

6/19/2012 10:09:06 PM

MashaAllah, my Turkish sisters look so beautiful in Hijab, Islam was removed from Turkish society by use of Bullets and Bayonets, it is nice to see society going to Islam , by means of ballot.

Stephen Brunette

6/19/2012 9:45:39 PM

Well well,won't these young ladies make pious, obedient housewives now, 3 children and abused. Thank you AKP.

Kasim Kopuz

6/19/2012 9:15:59 PM

What an heinous act of fabrication. It mixes statistical data with fabricated lies to create an image of horror and fear. At the start the narrative tells you that there are more school with conservative elements which allows more conservative girls to be schooled as they feel not to be forced to compromise their religious belief, but at the end it says new school regulations would lead conservative parents to remove their children from school and force them to CHILD LABOR. What a stupidity.

dudu mohammed

6/19/2012 7:52:38 PM

let me tell you something MR SOMALIA . islam in turkey is like facebook account you login 10 minutes and you go and drink alchool and then you come back and login for prey and then you go and meet your darling and have fun with her.... this is islam in turkey . its like facebook you login and make your prey and then you logout and forget the god and big MASHALAH

mara mcglothin

6/19/2012 7:42:27 PM

The same laws that banned Imam schools also banned foreign language schools, so does this mean that Robert College is back in business as an complete English speaking high school? YOu can't have it both ways. The AKP is always quick to impliment the laws in favor of religion. How about 301? the new constitution? and on and on

mara mcglothin

6/19/2012 6:51:37 PM

Why are these girls in Imam school? Are they going to be Imams? Do they even have that choice? MR SOMALIA Yeah, and forced marriage isn't rape! HOw do you know these girls are beautiful since they are covering the pretty party?

Basil Keilani

6/19/2012 3:47:24 PM

This violates the principles of the secular state. The AKP used the cover of democracy and the EU to bring in a religious agenda. It's not going to work.

two sides to every coin

6/19/2012 3:23:29 PM

Mr Somalia, do you live in Turkey, because unlike Somalia which is run totally by corrupt war lords we in Turkey do not want to see it become an Islamic state and turn into your country thank you very much,

MR Somalia

6/19/2012 1:28:23 PM

Masha Allah, I am proud of Turkish nation and their Islamic knowledge. I want to congratulate the beautiful girls.
< >


AcerPro S.I.P.A HTML & CSS Agency