A memo with a list of new rules and regulations dispatched yesterday to the yeshivos informed the administrators that budget allocations for foreign yeshivah students will be cancelled. This is a major blow for many yeshivos.
The letter, dispatched by Amos Tzeada, the director of the chareidi department (recognized but unofficial) in the Education Ministry, wrote that Education Minister Shai Piron had signed a correction to the support criteria for Torah studies.
The letter contains the following changes: foreign students will no longer receive any funding effective beginning in 2014. Until the end of 2013, they will receive
a reduced allocation amounting to 30 percent of what an Israeli student receives.
The amount allocated to an Israeli student has been cut this year by 66 percent, and foreign students will receive 30 percent of that slashed sum until the end of the year.
Foreign university students and those in other programs other than yeshivos were not cut.