Shai Piron at Kibbutzim College of Education 370.
(photo credit: Amir Reiner)
There will be no cuts made to the education budget, Education Minister Shai
Piron said on Sunday at the Kibbutzim College of Education annual conference in
“There will be no cuts in teachers’ salaries,” he
said. “No teachers will be laid off and there will be no cuts in hours of
instruction in the education system.”
Piron also talked about the need to
reintroduce the dream factor to schools and “separate education from
“We must start talking about long-term plans which never take
into consideration the length of a political term or the composition of a
government, even if it means that education ministers will be compelled not to
see the fruits of their work,” he said.
The minister added that, when the
time came, he would work to establish a national council for education which
would build long-term education strategies in Israel. Strategies would be
detached from political discourse and be developed by intellectuals,
administrators, parents, teachers and mayors, as well as by representatives of
Piron also addressed last week’s request by
Jerusalem parents to shorten school vacations, which put a strain on working
parents who have to make arrangements and improvise activities for their
children during those days.
The minister said he would review the
education system’s holiday schedule and adapt it to better match parents’ days
off. The director-general of the ministry, Dalit Stauber, is expected to meet
with parents’ and teachers’ representatives as well as with local authorities to
coordinate holidays for the next school year.
Jerusalem Council member
Rachel Azaria, who leads the parents’ movement, welcomed the decision on Sunday,
but pointed out that the school holiday schedule should also be developed in
collaboration with the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, as well as with
employers across the country, who “should help fix this distortion with the
Last week, Piron, at the third annual Akim conference on the
inclusion of people with disabilities into society, said that in future schools
there would be no longer be a separation between special education schools and
The minister added that he would work to increase the
number of teachers with disabilities teaching in regular schools.