Israel’s Ministry of Education has fined 44 chareidi educational institutions affiliated with Shas and Agudas Yisrael for failing to adhere to laws compelling teaching core subject matter including English and math. These are schools which receive Ministry of Education assistance, and have agreed to comply with the curriculum, which includes secular subjects. They were fined 12.3 million shekels, the amount deducted from their funding for failing to meet their responsibility, Walla News reports.
This occurred last year too, as the ministry is monitoring the situation and insists the chareidi schools receiving monetary assistance comply with the agreement signed regarding secular subjects. This has been revealed by a query from Hiddush, which filed under the freedom of information law, learning the average school was fined NIS 280,000. The highest fine was Talmid Torah Ohelei Sofer in Modi’in Illit, NIS 1.25 million, accumulating over years.
Dozens of chareidi elementary schools from Chinuch Atzmai and Mayan Chinuch Torani are viewed as ‘recognized non-official’ schools, which benefit from state assistance, far more than non-recognized mosdos receive. In return, they have committed to complying with the Ministry of Education curriculum. Schools which are unwilling to sign, not ageing to accept the curriculum, receive 75% less state funding as a result.
The ministry began fining schools for non-compliance in the 2010-2011 school year.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)