Some Ethiopian students formerly of the Rashbi Beer Yaakov state religious school are registering for state secular schools for this coming school year, feeling that they have no practical religious school option following the state's decision to close their school, Israeli media reported Sunday.
The Ministry of Education closed the school due to the fact that its students were 97% of Ethiopian descent and it has initiated a move to integrate Ethiopian students more into the general student population.
Many of the parents of the impacted students were against the closing of their school, and their opposition succeeded in delaying the closing for some time, but ultimately, the Ministry of Education decided to close the school anyway.
Although those Ethiopian students who wish to attend state religious school can attend such schools outside of Beer Yaakov, the other state religious schools in Beer Yaakov were unwilling to accept them.
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