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Time to Cancel the State-religious School System

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11.12.2019

Last week, when Israel’s poor results in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) exam was reported, the education ministry announced that a committee would be named - yet another one – that would “leave no stone unturned” to try to figure out how Arab students ended up at the bottom of the rankings. The issues to be reviewed, they promised, would include the curricula and efficacy of allocating resources – areas in which the ministry has generally ignored the desires of Arab citizens, or their needs, for many years. And yet the debate on the incomprehensible gaps between Jewish and Arab students would not be complete without a closer look at how the country’s Jewish religious students enjoy budgetary and pedagogical favoritism, making the picture of inequality even more dire.

It is time to cancel the separate state-religious education system.

The 2018-19 school year saw the highest ever average investment in students at state-religious high schools, at 40,433 shekels per student – 29 percent more than what a student in a........

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