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Ruling Justice and Development Party (R) and main opposition People's Republican Party lawmakers argue during a commission hearing at the parliament in Ankara March 11, 2012. Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP bulldozed a draft bill through a parliamentary commission that, among other things, will help imam hatip schools by letting them take boys and girls from the age 11 instead of 15. Given the AKP's majority, it will almost certainly be passed by parliament's general assembly. Though the AKP bill stipulates that children should complete a total of 12 years education, up to the age of 18, critics say the changes will not address the fundamental issue of quality. Political opponents fear a manifold increase in imam hatip numbers will deepen the foundations of the AK support base for years to come and sharpen divisions in Turkish society. Picture taken March 11, 2012. To match Feature TURKEY-EDUCATION/ REUTERS/Stringer (TURKEY - Tags: EDUCATION