The Education Ministry on Sunday announced it will expand its book-lending
program nationwide to save students hundreds of shekels a year.
to a press release issued by the ministry on Sunday, the system will incorporate
the lending of textbooks to students, negating the need for them to be purchased
outright. The program will have to be approved in each school by a vote
to be held by the parents of schoolchildren.
Education Minister Gideon
Sa’ar (Likud) said that the program will save parents hundreds of shekels per
student each year and that it is in parents’ best interests to have it go into
effect this fall. Sa’ar also plans to put forward a law during the Knesset’s
upcoming session that will make the textbooks program law.
statement added that the program will include control and enforcement guidelines
for the use of textbooks in schools.
Under the plan, which is already
being used in hundreds of schools across the country, parents will pay a yearly
fee of up to NIS 280 in primary schools and NIS 320 in post-primary schools. The
schools will use the funds to purchase books which will be handed out at the
beginning of the year, according to the Education Ministry. At the end of
the year, students will leave those books for the class below.
Education Ministry will budget NIS 100 million to schools for the sake of
purchasing books and will also invest NIS 20 million annually for the operations
of the program.
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