Turkey: Education ministry ‘accidentally’ enrolls Christians in school for imams

Turkey: Education ministry ‘accidentally’ enrolls Christians in school for imams

[Ed. – If not even a state-sanctioned Hurriyet opinion writer believes it, it must be a pretty thin tale.]

[T]he European Court of Human Rights had concluded that the Turkish education system was “still inadequately equipped to ensure respect for parents’ convictions” and violated the “right to education.”

The court ruled: “Turkey has to remedy the situation without delay, in particular by introducing a system whereby pupils could be exempted from religion and ethics classes without their parents having to disclose their own religious or philosophical convictions.”

Mr. Davutoğlu’s response to the ruling was: “Even an atheist should have religious knowledge.” … Right. What about forcing Muslims pupils to attend classes that teach the virtues of atheism? Does Mr. Davutoğlu think even Muslims should have knowledge on atheism? If not, why this asymmetry? Well, we all know. In 2001, Turkey had 71,000 students enrolled in religious imam schools. Now, there are 670,000. …

It was not a coincidence that Education Minister Nabi Avcı recently admitted that a total of 45 students who had taken the transition exam from primary to secondary school were “mistakenly” enrolled at the imam schools – although they had not chosen these schools.

Apparently Turkish computers used in the ministry’s automation system have become Islamist devices. More amusingly, the 45 students who the ministry decided to make Turkey’s future leaders by enrolling them at imam schools against their (parents’) will included a few from Turkey’s tiny Christian minority. Had the families not objected, Turkey would be the first country in the world to have recruited Christian imams! …

Last year, a report, released by the British Council’s Education Intelligence research service, found that 95 percent of Turkish students would like to study at universities overseas. …

The survey found that 80 percent of all Turkish students dream of having a university education in overwhelmingly Christian countries.

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