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Rumanian Government Will Grant Civil Service Status to Teachers in Jewish Schools

Approximately 13,000 Rumanian Jewish youngsters are at present attending 69 Jewish elementary and 23 high schools in Rumania, Laurentiu Cziko, secretary-general of the Ministry of Education, told a press conference here today. More than 1,000 teachers are employed by those schools, he said.

Cziko declared that the present Rumanian government is pursuing a policy of developing the schools of national minorities. He announced that faculty members of all minority schools would henceforth be granted civil service status and would also receive the some salary and old-age pension rights as teachers in regular Rumanian public schools.

The government’s program will provide employment to many teachers–members of various national minorities–who hitherto have been unable to obtain suitable positions, Cziko said. The minority schools will have the same curriculum as the Rumanian public schools, he added, but instruction will be offered in the “minorities’ mother tongues.”