AKP government appointed more religious officials than doctors and teachers

Since the AKP came to power in 2002, the rate of increase in the number of religious officials appointed for public service has exceeded the number of teachers appointed
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:55

Turkey's Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services, in a parliamentary meeting, announced that the number of personnel employed in public institutions as of September 2019 is 3 million 856 thousand 532. The Ministry also cited the rate of increases in different professions since 2002 when the ruling AKP came to power.

As reported by Mustafa Çakır from Cumhuriyet daily, the number of religious officials employed in the public services is more than the doctors, judges, and prosecutors, according to the report of the Ministry. 

Compared to 2002, the percentage increase in the number of religious officials exceeds the increase in the number of teachers and police. While the number of religious personnel was 68 thousand 479 in 2002, it increased by 70.6 percent to 116 thousand 854. 

In the same period, the number of teachers increased by 67.1 percent and the number of police increased by 61.3 percent.