The Jerusalem Municipality announced this week it will allocate some NIS 80
million for classroom renovations all over the city for the 2013- 2014 school
year, which began on Tuesday.
According to the plan, Mayor Nir Barkat
instructed the municipality to invest an additional NIS 9m. in ensuring that all
schools are equipped with air conditioning; some NIS 6m. in repairs for
students’ safety; and an additional NIS 2m. for the renovation of kindergarten
An extra NIS 2m. will be allocated to regulating
accessibility in schools and NIS 3m. will be dedicated to upgrading computer
systems and providing computer programs for teachers.
As part of the
initiative, the city will also be opening 121 new classrooms in east Jerusalem
as part of its plan to “continue to reduce the education gaps in the Arab and
The new facilities include 16 kindergarten classrooms; a
new elementary school building in Ras al-Amud with nine classrooms; an
additional 10 classrooms in a Shuafat school; 14 more classrooms in Sawarha; and
two school buildings – one elementary and one high school – of 24 classrooms
each in Beit Hanina, which are expected to be inaugurated on
About 250 additional classrooms for Arab education institutions
are also in the planning for the coming years.
In the haredi sector,
Jerusalem is expected to inaugurate an elementary school building with 24
classrooms later this year.
As millions of children went back to school
this week, the municipality also recorded an increase of over 1,200 kindergarten
and elementary school pupils in the city’s state school system, secular and
According to the enrollment figures, secular and religious
public kindergartens will host some 700 new children, a seven percent increase
compared to the previous school year, bringing the number of pupils enrolled in
those kindergartens to 11,063.
State and state-religious elementary
schools in the capital will include 24,111 students, 500 of whom are new
students, a two percent increase from the last school year.
that the increase in the number of students in Jerusalem has been “continuous,
strong and persistent” over the past three years and is “truly good news for all
city residents and young families in particular.”
In total this year,
over 130,000 students will be studying in the public secular and religious
school systems all over the city. About 100,000 students will study in the
independent haredi education system.
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