NEW YORK (Sep. 5)
Four new comprehensive high schools began operations in Israel last Friday, joining three others opened last year as well as a number previously established, Charles J. Bensley, president of the Israel Education Fund of the United Jewish Appeal, reported here today.
Mr. Bensley’s statement was in clarification of cabled reports published here that the opening of comprehensive high schools in Israel had been deferred for a year. This report, he said, had apparently been based on a decision of the Ministry of Education and Culture to postpone until 1968 the transfer of seventh grade students into the newly opened IEF comprehensive high schools in Migdal Ha-Emek and Or Yehuda. The basic programs in those schools and all other such facilities in Israel offering a full complement of vocational and academic studies in the ninth through twelfth grades, remain fully functional.
The comprehensive school pattern, Mr. Bensley declared, is a keystone of Israel’s educational future, and at least a dozen additional IEF comprehensive high schools are currently under construction or in planning.