Tamir requests NIS 500 million budget increase

Education Minister Yuli Tamir on Thursday requested that the Knesset Finance Committee authorize an addition of NIS 500m. shekels to her ministry's budget. Tamir said that the addition was a modest sum that would go to meet immediate needs, including a long school day - especially in kindergartens. The Education Ministry's budget has already been increased by NIS three billion in 2006, and totals more that NIS 27 billion, Army Radio reported.