Efforts to Reverse Dismissal of 500 Teachers
By Eliezer Rauchberger
Degel HaTorah met on Monday with the Agudas Yisroel Teachers'
Union and the Chinuch Atzmai administration to discuss the
planned dismissal by the end of May of nearly 500 Chinuch
Atzmai teachers by the Education Ministry.
The meeting was held after members of the Teachers' Union
asked to discuss tactical approaches to stop the dismissals
or to reduce them to a minimum. Deputy Welfare Minister MK
Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz said all of the chareidi representatives
in the Knesset who hold posts of any kind should threaten to
resign if the Education Ministry's dismissal notices are not
rescinded. He also called on the Chinuch Atzmai
administration to make every effort to prevent the dismissal
notices from being sent out at the end of the month, through
consultations with gedolei Yisroel.
MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni said action must be taken to hold
meetings with the Education Minister and the Ministry's
director-general and to explain to them that during the past
two years Chinuch Atzmai has suffered from staff cuts more
than any other segment of the education system and therefore
it should not be subject to the same policy as the rest of
the education system.