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August 29, 2016 12:34 pm

Number of Arab Teachers in Jewish Schools Increases

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A young girl poses in front of the sign for the Galil Jewish–Arab School in northern Israel. Photo: JNS.org.

A young girl poses in front of the sign for the Galil Jewish–Arab School in northern Israel. Photo: JNS.org.

JNS.org – Israel’s Ministry of Education has successfully integrated more Arab teachers into Jewish schools, reporting a 40 percent increase in the last three years, according to the Hebrew news site Walla.

The number of Arab instructors of English, math and science jumped by 76 percent, while Arab-language classes saw a 40% increase in Arabic teachers from 2013 to 2016, according to Education Ministry figures.

Haaretz recently reported on a shortage of qualified English teachers in Israel’s Jewish schools, which has played a role in falling English-language proficiency among Israeli high school graduates.

This problem led the Ministry of Education to launch an integration program in 2013 to infuse schools with more teachers, in a joint effort by the ministry’s teaching personnel department and the Merchavim Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel.

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  • Stein

    Arab teachers in Jewish schools, thats great. …

    But how many Jews are in Arab schools?

    Are these ‘Arab’ teachers Muslim, Druz, or Christian? The societal implications are different, and it is unhelpful to obfuscate these separate ethnic communities.

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