Shai Piron at Kibbutzim College of Education 370.
(photo credit: Amir Reiner)
The Education Ministry plans to open between 600 to 1,000 additional
kindergarten assistant positions for three- and four-year-olds, Education
Minister Shai Piron announced Monday morning at a meeting of the Knesset
Education, Culture and Sports Committee.
The positions will be dedicated
to people completing their national service.
During the meeting, which
was aimed at formulating objectives for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, the
minister presented various plans for the education system.
Piron pledged to improve the status of teachers and their salaries, which he
said “do not reflect their important historical role in society.”
minister also reiterated his commitment to advancing the integration of children
with special needs into the regular school system and announced that the
ministry would expand the initiative to an additional 500 pupils.
addressed the issues of inequalities and social gaps in education and said the
system should battle against them.
“It is unacceptable that after 65
years of Israel’s existence, there is still a large number of children doomed to
a future without education and without a profession,” Piron said.
student who comes from weaker communities should receive more than a student
from stronger populations,” he added. “For this I allocated another NIS 50
million for scholarships, which will allow principals to send students without
financial means to annual school trips and help them purchase school
In addition, Piron also talked about renewing vocational
education and said that five professional schools will open in the coming
He also stressed that “the excess of evaluations in Israel creates
an unhealthy situation” and that the ministry will be working to redefine the
subject of exams.