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As part of an agreement between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance, a program has begun to encourage the teaching of basic disciplines in ultra-religious schools — mathematics, English and natural sciences. The program concerns schools for boys that do not receive 100% funding. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Education. We are talking about schools of the category "Mukar she eino rishmi" (informal but recognized educational institutions) where the funding is 75% and they will be required to teach core subjects in the amount of 75% of their curriculum; as well as about schools of the “Ptor” status, where mainly the Torah is taught, with funding of 55% – the volume of basic disciplines should be 55%. Schools that wish to join the program and are willing to participate in the assessment will receive tens of millions of shekels. In the first year, the school will receive 6,000 shekels per student, and will receive additional funding depending on the number of students taking the exams — The more students, the more funding. Educational institutions that join the program will also receive assistance in the form of professional training for teaching staff and adaptation of the program and textbooks. Another 4.5 million shekels are allocated for this. Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said: “I have been repeating for many years that in order to integrate representatives of the ultra-religious sector into the labor market, the teaching of basic disciplines in schools is necessary. Today, we are finally launching a program that will help students maintain a lifestyle and acquire skills that will help them take their place in the job market. Financing is dependent on academic performance and will not be carried out uncontrollably. Israel is experiencing economic growth and could enter the top ten countries in terms of living standards if we invest in the integration of certain sectors in the labor market. The program was the first step in expanding the teaching of English and other basic subjects in religious schools. Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton said: “The core disciplines are an important tool we want to give students in preparing them for adulthood. The program, developed in the process of dialogue with the ultra-religious sector, will allow schoolchildren to receive this tool while preserving the values that are important to them.
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