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Israel Cabinet Transmits to Knesset Plan for Reform of Educational System

July 8, 1968
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The Cabinet today approved and forwarded to the Knesset (Parliament) a plan to reform the Israel school system, basing it on three educational stages of six, three and three years instead of the present eight and four year steps. One of the recommendations adopted by a divided Cabinet calls for raising compulsory and free schooling to nine years instead of the present eight while an alternative draft proposed to raise it to 10 years.

Elementary school teachers recently held a one-day strike in protest against the expected imminent approval of the plan which was worked out by a Parliamentary committee. Proposals of Prof. Yehoshua Praver, chairman of the advisory council on education to the Minister of Education and Culture, formed the basis of the proposed reforms.

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