Academics protest Bennett’s CHE actions, warn of 'crisis of confidence'

February 8, 2016 06:45

More than 1,500 academics and doctoral students from universities and colleges throughout the country have signed a petition protesting actions taken by Education Minister Naftali Bennett as chairman of the Council for Higher Education.

Among the actions being protested are the dismissal of Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron and the subsequent appointment of Dr. Rivka Wadmany Shauman as the vice chairwoman for the Council for Higher Education.

The academics labeled this as “aggressive behavior” that is “not appropriate, both in public and in the private sphere.”

“Your conduct regarding Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron and the appointment of a replacement who does not meet the required threshold for the position, has caused us to lose confidence in the current Council for Higher Education, and in you specifically as chairman of the CHE,” the petition states.

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