Feb 06 2019

Turkey to employ 9,500 more at religious affairs institution

Turkey will employ 9,500 more people at its religious affairs directorate, Karar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The new recruits will include 6,500 religious officials including imams and 3,000 teachers to be assigned to Islamic schools, Karar said, citing the decision.

Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made the directorate, known as the Diyanet, the most-funded public institution in the country. The decision to expand its personnel comes amid an economic downturn, during which the government has pledged to cut back on expenditure.

The teachers being recruited will all be women, Karar reported.

Erdoğan is himself a graduate of a religious school, the number of which has grown sharply under his political leadership. Erdoğan is accused by the secular opposition of seeking to take Turkey away from the principles of the separation of religion and state instilled by Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Applications for the new positions will be accepted between Feb. 7 and Feb. 15, with examinations to follow, Karar said.