Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Government-funded religious İmam Hatip schools have expanded considerably across Turkey since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan came to power in 2002: from 84,000 students in 450 schools in 2002 to 1.3 million students in over 4,000 schools by 2017. The Ministry of National Education (MEB) justifies this expansion as a natural response to what they claim to be “high demand from parents” but recent reports reveal that these schools draw about 50–60 percent less students than their capacity each year.

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How to cite this article:

Ayca Alemdaroglu "The AKP’s Problem with Youth," Middle East Report 288 (Fall 2018).