80% of Immigrant Parents Satisfied with School Standards

About 80 percent of immigrant parents in new development towns have expressed satisfaction with the schools and standard of teaching their children receive. But only 70 percent were content with the rate of their childrens’ progress in class.

This was indicated by the results of a recent survey by the Institute for Applied Social Sciences and the Central Bureau of Statistics among immigrants who arrived in Israel in the last three years. Most of the parents indicated their children received the necessary help to catch up in their studies with native-born students.

They added, however, that contact between teachers and parents in the development town was lacking compared to their relations in the cities. They also complained that their children did not have the proper facilities to make use of their leisure time. While 40 percent of immigrant parents living in cities were satisfied with the way their children spend their free time only 25 percent in the development towns were satisfied.

The survey concluded that there was no reason for the fears expressed by some immigrants that educational absorption in the development towns would be more difficult than in the cities. The survey found no significant differences.

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