Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Jerusalem Municipality, in conjunction with the Education Ministry, approved
making 50 teachers from the city’s Ziv High School direct employees of the
municipality on Monday, transferring the school from the ministry’s auspices to
The capital’s Denmark High School is expected to follow
The Ziv teachers, all affiliated with the Rene Cassin Foundation,
will switch to full-time employment for the municipality beginning next school
Mayor Nir Barkat promoted the move in collaboration with the
Officials added that the Denmark High School was now in the
final stages of the process of becoming a municipal school, with more high
schools expected to emulate it.
Education Minister Shai Piron
congratulated Barkat on the move Monday.
“This is an egalitarian and just
decision that gives rights and fair treatment to those who have chosen to
dedicate their lives to education in Israel,” Piron said.
system made an effort to resolve this matter in order to increase the teachers’
commitment to [the city’s] education system and to show that there is a
long-term investment that will lead to more quality young people teaching at
Barkat echoed those sentiments.
“We will continue
to cooperate with schools for the benefit of the teachers in Jerusalem,” he
“This is a praiseworthy process,” he added, “that turns the schools
into municipality schools, and gives the teachers the respect they deserve. This
is how we’re going to bring the Jerusalem education system to the highest level
for the students.”
Although the teachers currently receive social
benefits and a pension, in the past there have been moneyflow problems that have
delayed their payments.
Through the municipality they will now receive
all their payments in a timely manner.
Moses (Kinley) Tor-Paz, director
of the municipality’s Education Administration, also welcomed the
“After many meetings with Ziv High School’s teachers, I am pleased
the move has been completed and they are now municipality employees,” he
“I believe that integrating Ziv High School into the municipality
will improve the teachers, the quality of the school and quality of education in
Piron added, “This is the first of what I hope will be part of
a broader revolution.”