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Turkey: Toward a more religious, less secular social order?

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05.08.2017
On April 16, the Turkish public voted in favor of a set of comprehensive constitutional amendments that overhaul the governance system into an executive-presidency model, a move considered to be the beginning of a new era in Turkey. In line with amendments, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected as the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in May but we have to wait until the 2019 elections - if not earlier - to discern the implementation of the amended constitution.

However, some steps taken by the government in recent weeks and months particularly in the education and social fields signal more changes ahead about the public life in Turkey in this very new era.

A change in the curriculum that has left evolution out and added the concept of “jihad” as part of Islamic law in books was interpreted as yet another major blow on the quality of education in Turkey, with concerns that it would cause a further drift from secularism.

The AKP’s education policies have long been established in favor of promoting and expanding vocational religious schools accompanied with increasing the hours of compulsory and selective religious courses almost at all grades. The introduction of the 4+4+4 model to the Turkish education system........

© Hürriyet Daily News