Min. to add 1,000 kindergarten assistant jobs

Education Minister also reiterated commitment to advancing integration of children with special needs into regular schools.

Shai Piron at Kibbutzim College of Education 370 (photo credit: Amir Reiner)
Shai Piron at Kibbutzim College of Education 370
(photo credit: Amir Reiner)
The Education Ministry plans to open between 600 to 1,000 additional kindergarten assistant positions for three- and four-year-olds, Education Minister Shai Piron announced Monday morning at a meeting of the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee.
The positions will be dedicated to people completing their national service.
During the meeting, which was aimed at formulating objectives for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, the minister presented various plans for the education system.
Among them, Piron pledged to improve the status of teachers and their salaries, which he said “do not reflect their important historical role in society.”
The minister also reiterated his commitment to advancing the integration of children with special needs into the regular school system and announced that the ministry would expand the initiative to an additional 500 pupils.
He also addressed the issues of inequalities and social gaps in education and said the system should battle against them.
“It is unacceptable that after 65 years of Israel’s existence, there is still a large number of children doomed to a future without education and without a profession,” Piron said.
“A student who comes from weaker communities should receive more than a student from stronger populations,” he added. “For this I allocated another NIS 50 million for scholarships, which will allow principals to send students without financial means to annual school trips and help them purchase school supplies.”
In addition, Piron also talked about renewing vocational education and said that five professional schools will open in the coming year.
He also stressed that “the excess of evaluations in Israel creates an unhealthy situation” and that the ministry will be working to redefine the subject of exams.