Schools to stress Hebrew

This school year will include an increased emphasis on the Hebrew language.

August 30, 2010 01:43
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This school year will include an increased emphasis on the Hebrew language, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar announced on Sunday.

The ministry will add 43,000 instruction hours in elementary and junior high schools in an effort to increase Hebrew proficiency, he said. Schools will also use exams, quizzes and school contests to promote proper use of the language.

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Sa’ar’s announcement on Sunday was part of a presentation to the cabinet of a series of targets for the 5771 school year that begins Wednesday.

These include strengthening the core curriculum through additional classroom hours, increased emphasis on values education, cracking down on violence, and efforts to bring schools up to the technological standards of the 21st century.

Sa’ar said the ministry was also looking to launch a new academic track called “Culture and Heritage of Israel,” and to increase the number of students studying in technology-based vocational tracks.

About 1,529,000 pupils will attend school in 57,800 classrooms, as opposed to 1,502,400 and 56,860 last year, respectively, according to Education Ministry statistics. The number of educational staff has been increased to 131,000, from 128,000 last year.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the new initiatives and also championed the increase in classroom hours.

“We will add mathematics and science classroom hours in elementary and intermediate schools. This year, for the first time, we will also usher in a computerization plan for approximately 200 schools in the North and South,” he said.

Netanyahu said that the computer initiative “will be expanded to another 600 schools next year and it is designed to adapt the State of Israel’s educational system to the 21st century by introducing computers, broadband connections and other existing technologies that, regrettably, have still not reached classrooms.

“This year, we will begin to close the gap,” he said.

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