Northern Tel Aviv schools to take in refugee children

The decision follows months of complaints from parents in the south that the absorption of the refugee children is weakening their disadvantaged schools.

The city of Tel Aviv has decided to absorb Sudanese refugee children into schools in the city's north as well as its south in an apparent attempt to distribute the refugee burden more equally, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The decision follows months of complaints from parents in the south that the absorption of the refugee children is weakening their already disadvantaged schools, which cater for many children from the lowest socio-economic sectors as well as the children of foreign workers. According to the report, while many refugee children have already been absorbed into schools in the city's south, about 110 have remained without any educational framework. A municipal statement that they too would be taken into schools in the south sparked an outcry from parents and from local councilor Shlomo Maslawi, who insisted that the wealthier north share in the task of absorbing the children. Maslawi initiated an official meeting on the subject last week, and the city's Education Department agreed to absorb the children into northern schools. "The education department has taken a wise step in order to create equality between the districts of the city," Maslawi said. "This gives the children of foreign workers and refugees the opportunity to be integrated into the education system in a good way, and also leads to quiet among parents in the south of the city." The report did not say how many refugee children have been absorbed into the education system in total.