Shas schools 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Yesh Atid MK Yoel Razbozov submitted a complaint against the Shas’s El Hama’ayan
chain of schools to Jerusalem Police on Monday, following reports of improper
Razbozov’s complaint followed a report by the accountant-general
indicating flaws in the way El Hama’ayan institutions are managed, including
nepotism in its hiring practices, falsified reports, transferring special
education funds to other students and others.
“I came here to request
that an investigation be opened immediately,” Razbozov said. “I could not stand
silently and watch how public funds are used inappropriately and harm children
of Israel and their education.”
Razbozov expressed hope that the police
will start an investigation “in light of the important public aspect of the
The Education Ministry said on Sunday that it will be taking a
series of serious steps against the Shas school system in light of the
The report highlights the practice of
illegal employment of family members within the school network, false reporting,
operating educational institutes without a license and the payment of salaries
to people who did not work in the school system.
Because of the serious
problems with the haredi school system in general, Education Minister Shai Piron
has decided to implement serious reforms, including the dismantlement of the
department within his ministry which oversees haredi education and instead
creating a “haredi public school district.”
In addition, the budget for
Shas’s school network will pass through the Education Ministry instead of
passing directly to the educational network, as has happened until now. The
funds will be earmarked for narrow purposes and it will not be possible to
misappropriate money within the system.