A 5-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INTEGRATION OF HAREDIM

A 5-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INTEGRATION OF HAREDIM

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A 5-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INTEGRATION OF HAREDIM

– A five-year plan for making higher education more accessible to the ultra-Orthodox sector announced in Jerusalem.

– It is targeted to integrate haredim into higher education is a clear interest of the state.

A 5-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INTEGRATION OF HAREDIM

On Monday,The Council for Higher Education (CHE) and its Planning and Budgetary Committee (PBC) announced a five-year plan for making higher education more accessible to the ultra-Orthodox sector.

A 5-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INTEGRATION OF HAREDIM
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According to The Jerusalem Post, the plan was compiled following an external study which examined the PBC’s previous five-year plan with regard to the haredim population and offered recommendations for the next five years.

Both the study and the plan were made available on the council’s website in Hebrew in order to let the general public review it, comment and propose recommendations directly to the council over the course of the next three months.

The plan reads, “Integrating haredim into higher education is a clear interest of the state. And in light of the importance of this issue, the State of Israel invests many resources in it, especially in recent years. Higher education has become a basic requirement for integration and success in the labor market. A major share of professions and fields are blocked to those who lack this education.”

He further states, “In the last 30 years, the ultra-Orthodox population has minimally enrolled in higher education programs, and the rate of participation of haredi men in the workforce is very low.” According to the external study, as part of the earlier five-year plan, the PBC and CHE were able to see to the spread of the number of haredim students in higher education to 11,000 in the 2015/16 academic year as well as expansion in the number of programs for haredim from 62 to 110 over the five-year period.

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The new five-year plan wishes to continue expanding the number of ultra-Orthodox students engaging higher education degrees, while at the same time placing an emphasis on high-quality academics to instruct them.

The plan also emphasizes the need for distinct programs for ultra-Orthodox students that take into consideration their religious, cultural as well as differing academic needs.

“Despite the progress and the continued reduction of separation fences, the majority of the ultra-Orthodox population still needs separate frameworks in order to reach higher education,” the proposed plan states.

The external study computed that 70 percent of ultra-Orthodox students would not attend higher education frameworks that are not distinct by gender. At the same time, the report found that 30% of haredim students would be captivated in going to university.

A 5-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INTEGRATION OF HAREDIM

Consequently, the new proposed plan seeks to strengthen and increase the current frameworks to accept more haredim and offer them more study programs.  However, it examines the possibility of obscuring the lines of distinction by offering programs that over time become less separated.

The plan also seeks to raise significantly the demand for teaching certification programs that are adapted to the ultra-Orthodox community, with an emphasis on basic curriculum studies as well as the development programs in the sciences and engineering.

A 5-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INTEGRATION OF HAREDIM