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How to Really Show the Importance of Yeshiva High Schools

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Yitzchak Pindros, City Councilman in Jerusalem for UTJ, has revealed and exposed a letter sent by the Director of the Ministry of Education, last year, to Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat about the importance of opening Haredi Yeshiva High Schools in which the students will study a full curriculum and take the bagrut matriculation exams.
Pindros has exposed the letter to show what the Ministry of Education's target is, and also to reveal that they are working to designate a plot of land for a building for one such yeshiva high school which is currently not in Jerusalem, at the expense of the schools in Jerusalem that already have a shortage of buildings and classrooms.
(source: Ladaat)
It happens to be that I disagree with Pindros and see no problem with them seeing such schools as very important and encouraging more of them and helping them when possible. I am not commenting about a specific yeshiva and/or a specific building or plot of land and who should or should not get it, but overall I think such yeshivas should be encouraged.
After having said that, I think there is another issue that must be dealt with. If the Ministry of Education really wants to encourage such yeshivas and open more of them and grow the existing ones, as it is a matter of great importance, they should deal with the contents of a recent Ynet article in which it was revealed how exorbitant the tuition is in thee yeshiva high schools. I have a child in one of these types of schools, so Ynet was not telling me anything new, but for most people it was shocking information to see how much money parents have to pay for these schools.
if the government really wants to encourage such schools and encourage parents to send their kids to these schools, they should be subsidizing the tuition much more than they are, if they are at all. The tuition costs are so high that plenty of people would like to send to these schools, but just decide that they cannot. If the government really saw these schools as something so important, they would find ways to cut the costs to parents so the schools are more affordable.
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