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Israel’s Ministry of Education stated today that the new school year, which opened this week, shows an enrollment of 495,000 students but shows also a shortage of 300 teachers About 1,700 new teachers have been, engaged for the country’s elementary schools, but about half of them are replacements for others who left the school systematist 85,000 children entered kindergarten this year. The budget for the current academic year is 200,000,000 Israeli pounds ($67,000,000), a 20 per cent increase over last year.

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