Israel’s Education System – A Domestic Perspective
Author: Nachum Blass Policy Research

Demographic developments within the education system indicate the advent of a new situation in which pupils in the Jewish State school system will be a minority of the overall pupil population.

This situation has potentially more damaging implications due to the fact that the achievements of Arab Israeli and ultra-Orthodox pupils in core curriculum subjects do not meet global market requirements and this will make it difficult for them to be integrated fully into Israeli society.

The Ministry of Education budget utilization data revealed that, despite the fact that affirmative action has long been an integral part of the Education Ministry policy, there are still significant gaps between different parts of the education system. An in-depth examination of the system in this chapter reveals its positive and negative aspects.

This paper appears in the Center’s annual publication State of the Nation Report – Society, Economy and Policy 2009.

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