Turkey to em­ploy imams as kinder­garten teach­ers

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM -

Turk­ish govern­ment is plan­ning to em­ploy re­li­gious school grad­u­ates as kinder­garten teach­ers.

Turkey’s Jus­tice and Devel­op­ment Party (AKP) in­creased the num­ber of Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion ori­ented Imam Hatip High Schools five­fold since 2002 and em­ployed most of the grad­u­ates as imams. But as the po­si­tions of imams are full the Turk­ish state is seek­ing to em­ploy imams in dif­fer­ent ways.

Now em­ploy­ing imams as kinder­garten teach­ers is on the agenda.

A pri­vate kinder­garten ad­min­is­tra­tor in Di­yarbakir said, on the con­di­tion of anonymity, that the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials ne­go­ti­ated with the own­ers of kinder­gartens about em­ploy­ing imams as con­tract teach­ers. The of­fi­cials also met with the fam­i­lies of chil­dren and forced them to sign a pe­ti­tion to force the kinder­gartens open a po­si­tion for a re­li­gion teacher.

Of­fi­cials from the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Board threat­ened some kinder­garten own­ers who re­fused to em­ploy imams with not re­new­ing their li­cences. (ANF News)

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