Swiss Officials and Educators Praise Ort Institute for Training Vocational Teachers

The results of the five-day final examinations for the first graduating class of the Central ORT Institute for Training Vocational Teachers were made known yesterday at a ceremony here attended by Swiss judges, representatives of Swiss universities and technical schools, directors of various Swiss precision manufacturing concerns and delegations from the International Labor Organization and the International Refugee Organization. The examinations were given by the Cantonal Education Commission.

At the ceremonies, it was announced that most of the graduates have already been offered positions in Israeli vocational training schools. Dr. Aron Syngalowski, chairman of the World ORT, who presided at the ceremony, said that the graduates would take up such offers in Israel after a period of work in Swiss industrial enterprises where they would obtain practical experience. All the graduates of the ORT school have already been placed with Swiss plants where they will be paid the same salaries as skilled workers while they obtain their experience.

Among the speakers at the ceremony were Prof. Rappard Pugin, vice-president of the Geneva State Council; M. Grand jean, chief of the Federal Education Department; M. Olgiati, a director of the International Red Cross; and the Swiss Chief Rabbi. All speakers praised the ORT’s work, pointing out that the graduation proved that ORT could make good on its theoretical possibilities. The school’s facilities and high level of work were also lauded

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