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Although the 645,000 Imam Hatip students make up only 11 percent of the total upper school population, they receive 23 percent of funding – double the spend per pupil at mainstream schools.Since 2012, when Imam Hatip education was extended to middle schools for pupils aged 10 to 14, total pupil numbers have risen fivefold to 1.3 million students in over 4,000 schools. Turkey has also increased religious education teaching at regular state schools, some of which have been converted into Imam Hatip schools.While the number of Imam Hatip schools has surged in recent years, the number of students in Imam Hatip upper schools dipped slightly last year.
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