Education Minister Shai Piron and Michal Cohen, director-general of the Education Ministry presented the ministry's preparations for the opening of the 2014/15 academic school year to the Knesset Education, Sports and Culture Committee on Monday.
According to Piron, the new school year is to open on September 1, 2014 with 2,105,394 pupils and preschoolers registered for classes. Nearly 150,000 children will begin the first grade while some 112,750 students will graduate at the end of the year completing their twelve years of schooling. In addition, 164,999 teachers and educators are set to open the school year.
“In the upcoming school year we will place a focus on empowering teachers and principals that are spearheading educational practices, we see them as cultural icons that with the right tools, technology and pedagogy will be able to maximize student achievements, to enrich the learning experience and to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century,” said Piron at the committee meeting.
The education minister added that due to the outbreak of racism and incitement among youth during the recent Operation Protective Edge, the ministry will devote the first week of classes to address the issue of racism and teach students about the aspects of tolerance and acceptance of others.