Children at the Hadar school in Negev 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The majority of Israelis under 35 believe the quality of the public education
system has deteriorated in recent years and would consider sending their
children to private schools, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the
Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies.
The researchers polled 1,000
Fifty-two percent of those under 35 support a state-run
school voucher program in which the education budget would be allocated to
parents, who would use it to pay for their children’s school.
overall, 53% of those polled were opposed to vouchers, among those aged 18-25,
62% support vouchers, and only 29% were against.
Among respondents aged
26- 35, 49% said they support such a system with 41% opposed.
level of opposition to a voucher program came from those over the age of 65,
among whom 65% were against this kind of initiative.
According to the
institute’s executive director Corinne Sauer, the survey “found no correlation
between a family’s income and the probability that parents will consider the
private school option. The lower a family’s income, the more likely it is to
support school vouchers that would allow parents greater freedom in choosing
their children’s school.”
The survey also showed that 53% of those polled
feel that the state education system has deteriorated, while only 12% said it
has improved and 25% said it has neither declined nor improved.
highest proportion of respondents who believe the system has deteriorated was
found among those aged between 26 and 35, at 61%.