Rumania Restricts Admission of Jews to Schools

New and drastic measures restricting the enrollment of Jews in Rumanian State schools were published by the Ministry of Education today.

Only Jews in the “second category”–those whose families enjoyed citizenship rights before the World War–are eligible to State schools and universities. Jews in the other categories set up by the recently enacted Rumanian anti-Semitic legislation will be admitted only in cases of “exceptional merit” and only when the Jewish quota of six per cent for each class is unfilled.

Jews are excluded entirely from State professional and normal schools as well as from private professional or special secondary schools. The Education Minister will fix the number of Jewish students to be admitted to the country’s high schools, while a quota of six per cent will be admitted to secondary State schools.

Jewish communities may continue to support their own primary schools under the direct supervision of the Education Ministry. Professors in these schools, however, will be chosen by the Ministry to teach such subjects as Rumanian language, history and geography. (A New York Times dispatch said the teachers, although “Rumanians” selected by the Ministry would have to be paid by the communities. Jewish teachers will be permitted to teach other subjects.)

School books written in whole or in part by Jews are forbidden under the new measures.

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