(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi)
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) on Monday presented the Knesset Finance
Committee with his budget proposal for the school system for 2011 and 2012,
which if approved, will see spending increase by nearly NIS 4
The proposal would see the budget climb to NIS 37.5b. in 2011
and NIS 38.5b. in 2012, increases of 7.5 percent and 3.8%, respectively.
Assuming they are approved, the budget will have increased 34.1% since 2006,
when the state spent NIS 27.13b. on education.
The largest portion of the
proposal would go to elementary schools, which would receive 34% of the entire
budget. The draft budget includes a 30.2% increase in funding for education
administration and 11.7% for private education, as well as a 61.5% rise in
spending on renovating educational institutions.
During the Finance
Committee meeting, Sa’ar called on the government to reduce expenditures on
national security in order to increasing spending on education.
also spoke of plans to add NIS 620 million over the next two years to the New
Horizon reform, which is currently being implemented in 93% of elementary
The reform increases teacher pay and hours and decreases class
Sa’ar called for greater spending on at-risk students, and on
state subsidies for school trips to Poland.
The committee unanimously
approved the transfer of NIS 240m. cuts from other offices’ 2010 budgets to the
Higher Education Council.