Education Ministry extends school day for special education pupils
The Ministry of Education announced this week that it will extend the school day for special education students including pupils with cerebral palsy, mild mental or severe physical disabilities for the upcoming school year.
The decision, which was initiated by Education Minister Shai Piron, concerns both special education student and students with special needs studying in regular schools.
The pupils will study an extra hour each day, amounting to an additional five hours per week, in order to “give them and their families a better and more appropriate educational solution.”
"This is a significant and appropriate step that will give the child extra cumulative hours of study, which will contribute to his personal world, and also help many parents in managing their own schedules,” Piron said in a statement, “Likewise, the step will provide a relief in child care expenses".
According to the Ministry, some 1,620 students with cerebral palsy and severe physical disabilities and 2,633 students with mild mental disabilities currently study in schools across Israel.