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There was a slight drop in the percentage of Israeli students qualifying for the
bagrut (matriculation) certificate between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, according to
figures the Education Ministry released on Wednesday.
According to the
ministry, 48.1 percent of students in the Israeli system eligible to take the
test qualified for a matriculation certificate, as opposed to 48.3% the year
earlier. Last year’s number was the highest since 2004.
indicate that among Jewish students, 65% qualified for a certificate last year,
as opposed to 64.6% the year before.
A ministry spokesman made sure to
point out on Wednesday that when students from east Jerusalem are taken out of
the statistics, they indicate even better results.
Overall, the figures
show that 38.3% of non-Jews attain a certificate, or 50.1% of non- Jews if east
Jerusalem students are not counted – the highest figures for the non-Jewish
sector in seven years.
Statistics were also significantly lower for
haredi (ultra-Orthodox) students, 23.6% of whom took the exam, with only 17.4%
qualifying for the certificate.
The figures were somewhat higher for
immigrant students, with 53% qualifying over the past year, a slight drop from
53.2% the year before.
Female students continued to outperform their male
classmates this year, with 62.6% qualifying for the certificate, as opposed to
52.3% of male students.
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said Wednesday
that when it comes to improving matriculation performance in Israel, his
ministry “would not rest in pursuing this goal,” calling the figures the best
way to determine improvement in the school system.