Technical colleges go on strike over budget cuts
Protestors demand government provide technical colleges with more funding following NIS 40 million in budget cuts.
Israeli students build race car Photo: Courtesy Ben-Gurion University
Technical colleges across the country went on strike on Sunday to protest
against government budget cuts, including Shenkar College, Tel-Hai College and
the Technological College of Beersheba.
While other universities
celebrated the beginning of academic year, students and faculty at technical
colleges spent the first day of classes protesting and demanding the government
provide them with more funding following NIS 40 million in budget
“The government continues its anti-social policy,” said MK Isaac
Herzog, chairman of the Knesset Lobby for Technical Colleges. “It continues to
neglect engineers who are a growth engine of the economy.
problem is a direct hit to the thousands of students from the periphery for whom
studying engineering is the only chance at a prestigious profession and escaping
the cycle of distress,” Herzog continued. “It’s time for the prime minister to
understand that this is an emergency situation and intervene immediately to
transfer NIS 40m. in order to be able to open the school year.”
Minister Eli Yishai also spoke out on Sunday in support of the
“The State of Israel and the Education Ministry must find
funding for these technical colleges, which are vital to economic growth,” he
He added that the government is “shooting itself in the foot” by
cutting funding from these institutes since “hurting them causes damage not just
to the economy but also to the residents of the periphery.”