Monday, May 30, 2011

Imam-hatip high schools in Turkey

Imam-hatip high schools are another type of secondary education institution in Turkey. In Turkey, these schools put a greater focus on religion and have a more conservative school uniform. Families who enroll their children in these schools want them to learn more about their religion and faith and social codes. The schools were originally established to train government-employed imams after medreses (Muslim theology schools) were abolished by Atatürk. It is believed that there are more than 500 imam-hatip high schools in Turkey serving more than 100,000 students. The imam-hatip high school, in addition to the curricula taught in public schools, offers additional courses on Islam. These schools are in high demand from a different section of society and have their own strong sense of identity.

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