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Difficult Situation in Jewish Agency Schools in Palestine; Heavy Cuts Make It Impossible to Maintain

The situation in the Jewish Agency schools in Palestine remains very difficult, and the schools which were to have been reopened on Sunday are still closed.

The Executive of the Jewish Agency announces that owing to the financial situation reductions amounting to £33,000 are being made immediately in the budget, of which £20,000 represent reductions in the education budget, and that an additional curtailment of £8,000 is to be made at an early date.

Dr. Berkson, the Director of the Education Department of the Jewish Agency and a member of the Jewish Agency Executive, has therefore tendered his resignation, declaring that he does not believe that with these reductions it will be possible to maintain the unity of the education system. He has been persuaded, however, to withdraw temporarily his resignation from the Jewish Agency Executive, of which, too, he is a member, and to continue to act on the Executive, although resigning his position as Director of the Education Department.

The Executive of the Jewish Agency states that the unity of Zionist education is not impaired by the reduction, which, it says, is essential, because otherwise the agricultural settlements would be endangered.