Galant presents an outline back to school: “Opening the year will be accompanied by difficulties”

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Education Minister Yoav Galant presented today (Thursday) the outline for returning to school approved by the government and warned that the start of the school year in the shadow of the Corona will be accompanied by many difficulties. “Not everything will be paid for, it will not be possible to allow full-time full-time education for everyone,” the minister said, following criticism directed at his program on the grounds that it was not applicable. “Not all means of endeavor will reach all places. And certainly not on the first day of school,” he added.

Galant clarified, “Not all processes will be complete but they will take place and they will buy stability.” He said, “Israel is far behind the countries in the world in distance learning infrastructure. We are allocating NIS 1.2 billion to this issue.” Galant said 13,000 jobs would be added for assistants and teachers. He added that the plan includes the purchase of 144,000 laptop units and 64,000 kosher phones for the ultra-Orthodox sector.

Main outline of returning to school:
The school year will open on September 1st
● Kindergartens – will operate in full format
● Grades A and B – will operate in full format
● Grades 3-4 – will study in full format, up to 18 students per class
● 5th-6th grades – distance learning outline and in institutions (up to 18 students) for at least two days in school
● Grades 7-12 – distance learning outline and in institutions (up to 18 students) for at least two days in school
● Personnel – Recruitment in a quick procedure in favor of splitting grades 3-4 and reinforcing grades 5-6
Adherence to the rules of hygiene in schools

Audit in the Education Committee

The statement he made in the presence of the ministry’s director general, Amit Edri, comes a day after the Knesset Education Committee convened, regarding the opening of the school year, from which Minister Galant and his staff were absent. They held a separate meeting.

The committee criticized the minister’s plan, and representatives of the parents ‘leadership, the teachers’ union and local authorities pointed out the holes in the controversial outline of the Ministry of Education. According to them, the program does not address many students, does not provide a solution for teachers in the at-risk population and freezes the budgeting of all programs for at-risk youth due to lack of budgeting.

Galant recently introduced the outline, which focuses on splitting classrooms and relying on distance learning. During the week, the government approved the outline presented by the minister together with Finance Minister Israel Katz, at an estimated cost of NIS 4.2 billion. In practice, however, until the beginning of the school year, only NIS 1.75 billion was approved for use.

The program includes splitting classrooms and relying on distance learning, while addressing maintaining hygiene in educational institutions and training appropriate personnel.

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