The 2021 activity report of the Ministry of National Education (MEB) General Directorate of Religious Education (DÖGM), which has the task of “giving impartial and introductory information about all religions”, revealed the “religious policy” of the AKP.
In an application for the exemption of the Religious Culture and Moral Knowledge (DKAB) course, the Constitutional Court (AYM), which examined the curriculum until 2019, emphasized that the curriculum could not reach the content of providing neutral and introductory information about religions and adopting moral values, and that a certain interpretation of Islam was explained. Educators also noted that the same findings are valid after 2019. While the discussions were going on, the 2021 annual report of the Ministry of National Education DÖGM, which was authorized to cooperate with universities, related institutions and organizations and added “hafiz” training to its field of duty with the regulation change in April, revealed the “religious policy” of the AKP.
THE TARGET IS ISLAM!
In the “basic policy and priorities” section of the report, “basic policy” statements resembling the Presidency of Religious Affairs took place. In the relevant section, “protecting our youth from being interested in non-Islamic beliefs and falling into the net of harmful currents, and keeping them well informed and enlightened about religion” was counted among the basic policies and priorities. In the same section, the priority was “to bring together the basic Islamic sciences and the science-social sciences under the same roof, to approach science and civilization with a monotheistic view, to raise individuals who observe the balance of the world and the hereafter and who have this understanding”.
DÖGM, which spent a total of 11.7 billion liras in 2021, criticized the “appropriation”. In the report, it was stated that the number of schools and hostels affiliated to the General Directorate increased, and it was stated that there were problems due to the insufficient allocation of appropriations for items such as “consumption goods and materials”, “service purchases”, “maintenance and repair expenses”.
On the other hand, in the weaknesses section of the report, it was stated that “the desired number of experienced school administrators is not available, and the school principals have been newly appointed”.