Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) will ask to stay on as head of the
ministry after the next general election, the minister said on
Speaking at the annual Yotzrim Atid (“Creating the Future”)
education conference in Tel Aviv, Sa’ar said he decided to do so after realizing
that education is the most important issue facing the country.
promised that if Israel invests enough resources, within several years it can
have an education system among the best in the Western world.
his current term as education minister “has signified a strategic change in
education. This has been a term during which the State of Israel has invested a
great deal in education and placed education at the top of the public agenda,
not only in words but in deeds.”
There remain “many other strategic
issues in the education system that demand reform. I have a clear picture in my
head in regards to what needs to be done and what goals must and can be
reached,” he said.
During his speech, Sa’ar turned to Finance Minister
Yuval Steinitz (Likud), who was also present at the conference, and asked him to
heed his call for greater investment in education in the 2013 state budget.