Piron calls for solution to psychometric exam delays

“Israel is almost the only country in the world where when you finished high school, you still cannot get accepted into university,” education minister says.

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May 2, 2013 22:46
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Shai Piron at Kibbutzim College of Education, April 28, 2013.

Shai Piron at Kibbutzim College of Education 370. (photo credit: Amir Reiner)

Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) called for a solution to the problem of the psychometric exam, which he said delays students’ acceptance into university.

Piron’s comments were made at the Council for Higher Education’s third annual conference, which took place in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

“Israel is almost the only country in the world where when you finished high school, you still cannot get accepted into university,” Piron said. “You studied, you went to the army for three, four, five years and now you need another exam, the psychometric.”

Piron noted that while he is not calling for the cancellation of the exam, Israeli students should be able to graduate high school and have all the tools necessary to begin university studies.

“There needs to be a solution so that after the 12th grade, the student doesn’t have to waste another year, so that his parents won’t need to pay for courses or buy 800 books,” he stated.

“It’s not only not fair, it’s not right and the student does not deserve it,” Piron continued.

“Most... just served the country for three years, so the minimum of being able to finish high school and start studying at university, that minimum, must be part of our future plans. If this advantage exists in other countries, there is no reason in the world why we wouldn’t have it too,” he stated.

During his speech, Piron – who heads the council – also discussed the notion of equal opportunity, which he said represents “not an economic goal but a moral one.” The education minister expressed his commitment to ensuring that higher education is accessible to people from all sectors in Israel.

Piron called upon representatives of higher education institutions from across the country to work together in order “to bring study programs into the 21st century.”


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