The government education budget for the year beginning April, 1935, will amount to over $1,250,000, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned.
The government refuses to agree to the demand of the Vaad Leumi that the grant for the Jewish education system should be increased proportionately to the number of Jewish pupils. There is much dissatisfaction over this refusal, and fear that it may endanger the future of the Jewish education system.
In the school year 1927-8, the government grant-in-aid to the Hebrew school system amounted to about $100,000 the Zionist Executive report to the last Congress said. Since then, the Jewish Yishub has grown considerably, and the government budget for general education in the country also has been increased. Hence the government grant-in-aid had no longer been in accord with the new conditions created, and the Jewish Agency therefore required that the government should increase its grant-in-aid to the Hebrew education budget. The Agency demanded an increase on the principle that the government is bound to care for the educational needs of the Jewish population to the same extent as for the Arab population.