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Greece to Establish Five Schools for Jewish Students

Five new schools for the exclusive use of Jewish students will be established in Salonica by the Greek government, according to a decision reached today by the ministry of education following an agreement with the Jewish community. The curriculum of these schools will provide for at least ten hours weekly for the teaching of Hebrew and other Jewish subjects.

The teachers to be employed for the specifically Jewish courses will be paid by the government but named and supervised by the Jewish community. The upkeep of these schools is estimated to cost about 2,500,000 drachmas. These government Jewish schools will be able to accommodate about 1,600 pupils.

These pupils have hitherto been attending the foreign schools, chiefly the Congregational schools, the schools of the French Laique Mission and the Italian schools. Children of Greek citizens are now forbidden to attend the elementary classes of these foreign-managed schools. The new legislation prohibiting the children from attending the foreign schools does not apply to the schools operated by the Alliance Israelite Universelle, a French organization. These schools will be permitted to function as in the past.

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