(photo credit: buyitinisrael.com)
The Education Ministry announced on Monday the selection of 14 new supervisors
for the haredi educational system.
RELATED:Shas schools to take part in state testing againStudy finds 60% of schools misuse funds for immigrants
Despite initial apprehension from
within the haredi world, all of the new supervisors conform to the broad
definition of ultra-Orthodox.
The new inspectors will undergo training
and begin their new jobs after Pessah.
The Education Ministry said in a
statement that “good and fitting candidates were chosen to be inspectors in all
levels of the educational system.”
While the original tender had been
issued for 15 inspectors, a Jerusalem Labor Court ruling in a preliminary
hearing that took place in January determined that one of the positions be left
vacant till the court decided whether rabbinic ordination should be recognized
as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, vis-àvis the Civil Service Commission’s
prerequisites for the position of a supervisor in the haredi educational
The legality of the standard tender published by the commission
in October for supervisors was challenged as discriminatory by the Haredi Clinic
for Human Rights at Kiryat Ono Academic College and Rabbi Haim Havlin of
Jerusalem, who, despite being an ordained rabbi with many years of experience as
an educator, was denied the possibility to compete for a slot as a supervisor as
he lacks an academic degree.
Haredi sources had expressed their concern
that the demands of an academic degree along with the many years of experience
indicated that Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar was intent on increasing the
numbers of supervisors in the haredi educational system with educators from
outside the ultra- Orthodox world.
A jurist involved in the petition on
Monday called the selection of haredi inspectors “a goodwill gesture of Sa’ar,
who is trying to make amends with the haredi public” after a contentious term
with previous Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush (United Torah
The petition, he continued, and the judge’s openness to its
reasoning – that it is appropriate for an inspector to have an intimate
knowledge of the system he would inspect – most likely helped the education
minister finalize the candidates he did. But the struggle is far from being
over, he added.
“We are not withdrawing our petition,” the jurist
“The next time such a tender is published – after the petition is
accepted by the court – the variety of suitable applicants will be greater, and
the quality of the inspectors selected can be even higher. It’s always
good to have more choice.”
The court is still awaiting the Education
Ministry’s response to the petition, which was due last week.