Cabinet Passes Change in Core Curriculum Law

Young students seen learning in the classroom of the "Talmud Torah Ohalei Menachem" school in the ultra orthodox Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit. August 27, 2014. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90. *** Local Caption *** áéú ñôø çøãéí çøãé éìãéí çáã çá''ã ìéîåãéí ëéúä éìã úìîåã úåøä àåäìàé îðëí áéúø òìéú
Young students seen learning in their classroom in a Talmud Torah in Beitar Illit. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved a bill that cancels the obligation of the study of core curriculum in chareidi institutions in order to receive government funding, after it was brought up and voted on in the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Under the new law, part of the coalition agreement between the Likud and UTJ, the schools do not need to teach ten hours weekly of the core curriculum, as a condition for funding.

This new law essentially eliminates the law passed by Yesh Atid in the previous government, and gives the current Education Minister Naftali Bennett broad authority to fund these institutions unconditionally.

The Education Ministry said last week that Bennett intends to determine future regulations concerning the core curriculum in chareidi institutions.

The final passing of the law in the Knesset is presumed to be sometime next week.

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