Plenum okays new bill for student rights

November 16, 2006 00:11
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The so-called "student rights bill" presented by MK Silvan Shalom to the Knesset plenum on Wednesday morning passed its preliminary hearing by a unanimous vote of 64 to zero. "This is the first time students' rights will be established by law," Shalom said following the vote. Referring to the preliminary vote as a "revolution," he believed it would "for the first time give students legislative protection from indiscriminate harm that might be done to them by government ministries or institutions of higher education." Shalom added that he planned to bring the bill to the Knesset Education Committee for review at the earliest possible opportunity. The bill seeks to anchor in law a series of provisions aimed at easing the financial and administrative burden on university students. If passed into law, the bill would mandate that the amount of tuition at public universities be defined in legislation and would call for the establishment of a more robust national financial aid system. Many of the bill's provisions are largely declaratory, such as the section forbidding discrimination on the basis of factors such as religion or ethnic origin. While he doesn't see a serious discrimination problem in higher education, Shalom told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that there were some concerns about "faculties who require an interview for entry." Similarly, the bill espouses "the right to free expression and organization" specifically for students and defines "behavioral regulations" for both students and academic institutions. But the bill has other provisions that, if passed, would constitute a real change in many students' financial and academic lives. For instance, it gives students many rights only rarely permitted in university regulations, such as the right to suspend their studies for extended periods of time and legal parameters for retaking exams and appealing the results - all actions currently regulated by the universities themselves. The bill also demands that degrees from different universities be recognized as equal for purposes of employment, preventing employers from choosing candidates based on the university in which they studied. In addition, the bill reduces students' income tax and lowers the cost of public transportation by a factor that could be as high as 50 percent. While the Education Committee's chairman, MK Michael Melchior (Labor-Meimad), is currently overseas and has not had a chance to carefully examine the bill, a source close to Melchior said that "in his view, it is very difficult for the students today."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town


Cookie Settings