WORKING PARENTS and their children in "march of strollers" 3.
(photo credit: Marik Shtern)
Teachers’ salaries will not be subject to budget cuts and no teachers will be
laid off, according to the Treasury’s draft budget, in accordance with Education
Minister’s promise made last month at the Kibbutzim College of Education annual
According to the proposal, some NIS 1.5 billion will be cut
from the education budget.
Among other things, the cuts will be reflected
in the planned cancellation of subsidies for after-school programs for children
between three and nine years old.
The Education Ministry said it is
currently working to try to reduce the financial burden on parents, who also are
required to pay for annual school trips.
The issue of low salaries for
teaching assistants in kindergartens is also to be addressed, according to the
Over 200 working parents and their children participated in a
“march of strollers” on Sunday evening in Jerusalem to protest some of the
Treasury’s economic decisions that are expected to affect working
According to the protesters, some of the new measures override
the achievements reached after the summer 2011 “march of strollers,” when
parents’ complaints were heard and addressed in the solutions adopted by the
government in January 2012.
Along with protesting the cancellation of
subsidies for daycare for three- to nine-yearolds, parents demonstrated against
changes in the benefits offered to parents working for the National Insurance
Institute; increases in parent’s payments to schools; health taxation for
stay-at-home mothers; and cuts in child allotments.
signs saying: “Lapid, don’t harm working parents” as well as “Give working
parents breathing room,” and said they would not let the new decrees pass
“We protested two years ago because we felt we did not manage to
keep our heads above water, and raising children is becoming too expensive in
Israel,” said Jerusalem City Council member Rachel Azaria – who has been leading
the parents movement – in a statement. “Years later, when the things we fought
for are finally going to be implemented, the Finance Ministry decided to cancel
them with new decrees.”
“We will not agree to more cuts directly
affecting working parents when, at the same time, whole populations that are not
struggling to survive remain unaffected due to their powerful lobby. We are the
parents’ lobby,” Azaria continued.
The director of the movement in
Jerusalem, Uri Ayalon, added that Jerusalem parents have patience and will know
how to make sure the Treasury’s new intentions will not be put into effect.