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All Israel Children Will Get Free Schooling, Minister Reports to Parliament

The Knesset was told last night by Minister of Education Zalman Shazar that every child in the country between the ages of five and 13 will receive free schooling during the coming semester, in accordance with the recently-enacted compulsory education law. Minister Shazar said that since anactment of the new education legislation, an additional 1,000 teachers — including 400 newlyarrived immigrants–have been engaged. In preparation for the new term, new schools with 450 classrooms are now being completed, he said.

Municipal authorities throughout Israel–with the possible exception of Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Petach Tikvah — are making all necessary preparations for the coming school term, he said. Mr. Shazar said that there were indications that these three cities “would also fall into line.”