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Israel Government Appoints Advisory Council to Enforce Compulsory Education Law

An advisory council of 20 leading educators was today appointed to supervise implementation of Israel’s compulsory education law. The appointments were announced by Acting Minister of Education David Remez who is temporarily replacing the ailing Education Minister, Zalman Shazar.

Under the new plan, ten of the 20 educators would represent the parties which now sponsor the Histadrut schools, six would represent the “general schools,” three would be Mizrachi educators while the last one would be an Agudist.

The representatives of the “general” educational system refused to accept the nominations because they were only allotted six seats on the council while they claim to represent 49 percent of the educational institutions in Israel. The Herut and Progressive Parties have already indicated that they will boycott the council and the Oved Hadati, religious wing of the Histadrut, is also expected to remain aloof.

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