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With more Islamic schooling, Erdogan aims to reshape Turkey

ISTANBUL: On a hill overlooking Istanbul is a religious school where, 50 years ago, a boy from a working class district attended classes in Islam. The boy was Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s future president. The school was one of the first Imam Hatip schools, founded by the state to educate young men to be preachers. At the start of the 2017-2018 academic year in September, Erdogan returned to his old school, now renamed the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Anatolian Imam Hatip upper school after an $11 million redevelopment. He recalled…

Spend more on schooling to reduce inequality, IMF says

WASHINGTON: Tackling disparities in education is crucial to reducing global income inequality, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, urging governments to spend more on schooling for disadvantaged children. In a report, the IMF said that over the past three decades, 53 percent of countries had become more unequal but experiences varied widely. Global inequality fell -- principally as India and China experienced swift economic growth -- but in wealthier countries the divide between rich and poor had…