Rumania to Permit Education in Minorities’ Languages

The Education Ministry, in conjunction with Prof. Silviu Dragomir, Commissioner for National Minorities, has decided to allow the functioning of minorities’ schools with their respective languages of instruction, and to establish special training schools for teachers in the minorities’ schools.

The decree does not specify whether Jews are affected. Even if Jews are recognized as a national minority, the question of Jewish schools is very complicated because of the divergency of opinion on the language to be used in such schools, since the majority of Bessarabian Jews are certain to ask for Yiddish, the Jews of Moldavia and other provinces, Rumanian while certain sections insist on Hebrew, which is already accepted as the Language in the Tarbuth schools.

Meanwhile, the directors of Jewish schools have been notified that Sunday classes will henceforth not be permitted. Consequently Jewish schools will be closed both Saturday and Sunday, since orthodox Jews refuse to avail themselves of the right to open religious classes on Saturday.

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