Turkey’s education expenditures increased nearly 22% year-on-year in 2018, the country’s statistical authority announced on Wednesday.

The country spent 214.6 billion Turkish liras ($44.5 billion) last year, up from 176.5 billion Turkish liras ($48.3 billion) in 2017, the Turkish Statistical Institute said.

The figure rose most for pre-primary education by 27.3% and upper secondary education with 24.3% during the same period.

The share of education spending on Turkey’s GDP stood at 5.8% in 2018, compared to 5.7% a year earlier.

Public sources financed 72.9% of the education expenditure in Turkey last year. The largest amount was spent on tertiary

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