Following the report that over 100 girls from Elad are not permitted to register in the city’s high schools, referring to Zluznik and Ladaas Chachma, Deputy Mayor Tzuriel Krisfel is calling to shut both schools down.
YWN-ISRAEL reported that chareidi girls going from 8th to 9th grade, entering a new school, are barred from both schools due to new regulations which does not permit accepting students whose parents work. The report cites that counted among the 100 girls are Sephardim and Ashkenazim, all barred because the schools have decided not to accept girls from homes with working parents. Krisfel, who is the Shas party leader in the city Krisfel told Kikar Shabbos News “What has to happen for the Ministry of Education to use its authority, also Mayor Yisrael Porush, they must address the matter. There are battle being waged at the expense of the tears of parents and their daughters who have been overcome by this since last week”.
Krisfel feels the schools must add additional classes if that is what it takes to accommodate the girls who have not yet been assigned a slot for ninth grade. He questions the absurd of the new regulation barring the daughters of working parents, asking if this rule applies to the daughters of teachers too for they are also ‘working parents’.
Regarding the efforts by Mayor Porush, Krisfel adds “I think that being mayor is more than headlines and photo ops, but it demands accepting responsibility and working hard, to get one’s hands dirty, and not to stand at the sidelines while these daughters suffer”.
Krisfel explains many parents have telephoned him, the same girls who sat next to the girls who were accepted to the schools. He stresses these are not problematic girls or homes, but quite to the contrary, the girls come from splendid homes.
Krisfel is calling on the Ministry of Education to act immediately, to close both schools to permit open two new schools if this is what it takes. He laments that in Elad “everything is a war”.
The mayor’s office states “turning to the media does not constitute addressing the matter at hand”, adding relevant Ministry of Education officials are already meeting on Wednesday, 13 Menachem Av, to address the situation.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)