Following the recent damaging Finance Ministry report on the Shas’ affiliated Mayan Chinuch education system; it appears many mosdos will no longer be eligible for national government funding. Amid the many deficiencies cited in the treasury report, officials documented that 30 schools operated in the closing school year without necessary permits. They nevertheless received funding from the Chareidi Unit of the Ministry of Education. This however appears to be history and such schools will not be funded in the 5774 school year.
For some of the schools, the situation will be even more severe as they are likely to face a closure order due to the array of safety and health violations.
The fact that schools which are “recognized” but not officially public schools, which is the case for many chareidi schools, permits them to operate under the radar regarding operating permits. The treasury report however changed this as state officials are scrutinizing requests for government assistance and schools lacking the required paperwork will be without funding or event shut down.
This is likely to create more stress in the chareidi community, which is already suffering from severe school overcrowding.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)