Bibi on National Student Week370 .
(photo credit: PMO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with chairmen of student unions from
higher education institutions across the country on Tuesday morning, as part of
National Students Week.
The meeting, held in Netanyahu’s office, included
Uri Reshtik, chairman of the National Union of Israeli Students, Education
Minister Shai Piron, Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis and executive director of the
Prime Minister’s Office, Harel Locker.
“Israeli students take
responsibility for the society in which they live; therefore, they request that
the government build the appropriate infrastructure to allow students to be
productive citizens who contribute to society and thus significantly influence
making ours a more just society,” Reshtik said.
includes investing in higher education, inter alia, by making it more accessible
to residents of the periphery and helping immigrant, minority and economically
disadvantaged students,” he continued.
“Such an investment is pure profit
for the Israeli economy, which will benefit from the integration of more
academics in the labor force.”
Reshtik stressed that despite the
commitment of the previous and current governments to allocate NIS 7 billion to
higher education, some students’ needs must still be addressed, such as the high
costs of housing and living.
“There are needs that must be dealt with,
but there are also great changes. We stopped very negative trends in education
in general and in higher education in particular, and we have begun to turn them
around,” Netanyahu said.
“We must improve the education that we provide,
from preschool to higher education and beyond, and make it more efficient,” he
Piron expressed his recognition for “the contribution of students
to the development of the State of Israel and Israeli society” and stressed that
higher education is “the main key to integrating into society.”
added that he intends to promote access to higher education for all sectors, as
part of an overall initiative for equal opportunity in education.
Knesset also marked National Students’ Week with discussions on various topics
in higher education such as women in academia and students in the job market, on