Students completing vocational high schools will now receive recognition as having 'completed 12 years of study', a term that in the past has only applied to graduates of the mainstream schooling system, announced the Economy Ministry on Thursday.
Economy Minister Aryeh Deri asked Education Minister Naftali Bennett to afford students of the vocational schools, operating under the auspices of the Economy Ministry, the same recognition as graduates from the Education Ministry schools in order to undo what his ministry called "an historical injustice" against students in the vocational system.
According to the Economy Ministry, the disparity between the two certificates "caused a harm to the vocational students and difficulties in the army and in the employment market and later in life."
"This is a significant step that will give a better starting point in adult life for the tens of thousands of children who are in need of assistance," said Deri.
"From my point of view, taking care of the weak is not just bringing him out of poverty with zero VAT on basic food products, but also ensuring better employment in the future. The Education Ministry schools train thousands of students a year and unfortunately, until today, the system treated them like second class students. I call on the Education Minister to also fix the harm to the students resulting from not granting them 'magen' grades for their matriculation bagrut exams."