On Friday, September 1, will go to school 2 million 272 thousands of students and 180 thousand teachers. 163 thousand children will become first-graders.
In anticipation of the new school year the Ministry of education opens information center. It will be located in hall «Rothschild» in the building of the Ministry of education at the Jerusalem street Septa of Israel, 29. The center will be closed on Thursday, August 31, from 18 to 22 hours, and on Friday, September 1, from 6:30 to 9:30.
In the center parents, students and teachers can obtain information on issues related to the beginning of the school year. Information centers will also work in districts.
New academic year opened under the sign of major reforms. Among them – the program of learning spoken English groups of the prolonged day «nitzanim», the second assistant educators in kindergartens, reducing the number of students in grades 1-3, the program for students with problems with concentration, learning mathematics five units in the periphery, expansion of differential funding.
One of the tasks of the Ministry of education for the next five years — to increase from 7 to 14% the number of students-residents of the periphery who study mathematics for five units. The number of English learners for four and five units is scheduled to be raised from 47 to 65%.
From September will start to work, subsidized day-care centers «nitzanim» for pupils of kindergartens and students in grades 1-2. The programme will receive 1.3 billion shekels.
The number of students in grades 1-3 will be reduced to 28 people on average. It is also planned to bring to the teaching of the second teacher-student. The program will operate in two thousand classes. Arab students will study Hebrew as a compulsory subject, starting in kindergarten. Also this year will operate a special program in connection with 70-summer Israel.