Gideon Sa'ar at ECJC in Berlin 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
BERLIN – The divergent tracks in Israel’s education system are the biggest
problem facing the nation’s schools, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said on
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“The system where we have different streams – religious streams,
secular streams, and Arab streams – cannot, by definition, be efficient. It is
very difficult to create a national ethos with three different educational
streams,” the minister said.
“The streams aren’t always equal and this is
our greatest problem,” he added.
Sa’ar’s spoke during a question and
answer session following a speech he gave at a European Council of Jewish
Communities conference in the German capital. The conference, “Leading Jewish
Europe Together Now,” is being held from Sunday through Tuesday.
are four tracks in the Israel education system; the state secular, the state
religious, the haredi and the Arab tracks. In addition, many students
study in private schools. They have different curricula, and not all teach the
Sa’ar also spoke of his desire to include – and fortify –
values in the Israeli curriculum, saying “passing our heritage on to the next
generation is vital in our dynamic, global world.”
Zionist, democratic, and social values” were vital subjects for Israel’s pupils,
When asked how he’d like to see the education system in 10
years, Sa’ar said he hoped it would be one of the top 10 in the world, and that
he would work to improve the system by every measure.
At the conference
on Monday, which brought together the heads of Jewish communities from 25
countries in Europe and the former Soviet Union, the European Council of Jewish
Communities announced that Igor Kolomoisky, president of the United Jewish
Community of Ukraine, will be the ECJS’s new president, taking over from
outgoing president Jonathan Joseph.