In 5769 Every Fourth Child will be Enrolled in Chareidi
by Betzalel Kahn
The number of students enrolled in the education system will
rise to 1,456,000 in 5769 (2009) according to projections
recently released by the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).
Enrollment will increase by 75,000 students and the Arab
sector will increase by 65,000 students. In contrast secular
Jewish government schools will decrease by 42,000
According to these figures, while in 5752 (1992) every tenth
student was enrolled in the chareidi education system, in
5769 every fourth student in Jewish schools will be enrolled
in the chareidi education system. The increase in the number
of students over the next five years is expected to reach 7
percent and the number of teachers should increase by 9
The recently published figures show that the coming five
years are expected to show a total rise of 100,000 students.
According to this projection while in 5763 there were 181,000
students enrolled in the chareidi education system (compared
to 84,600 in 5752) in 5769 there will be 255,700 kein
yirbu. After increasing from 643,000 students in 5752,
the secular-Jewish government education system grew to
681,400 in 5763 and is expected to shrink back down to
639,200 in 5769. The government religious student population
went up from 179,700 in 5752 to 190,600 in 5763 and is
expected to go back down to 180,400 in 5769.
All Jewish schools (chareidi, government-religious and
secular) will grow from 1,042,400 students to 1,075,400
The CBS notes that from 5752 to 5763 chareidi enrollment
increased at an average annual rate of 10.4 percent compared
to 0.5 percent annual growth in government schools.
In the Arab sector the number of students grew from 208,000
in 5752 to 316,000 in 5763, an average annual growth rate of
4.7 percent. According to projections the annual growth rate
will diminish to 3.4 percent and the total number of Arab
students will reach 381,000 in 5769.
The total number of teachers in the education system is
expected to reach 127,000 in 5769, 10,700 more than in 5763.
According to the figures for the secular Jewish education
system the number of teachers went from 65,342 in 5751 to
95,515 in 5763 and will reach 98,884 in 5769.
In the chareidi education system the number of teachers
increased from 3,306 in 5751 to 13,406 in 5763, an annual
growth rate of over 25 percent, and their numbers are
expected to reach 19,640 in 5769, an annual growth rate of
7.8 percent. Meanwhile the number of teachers in government
schools is expected to decrease by nearly 1 percent per year
and in government-religious schools to increase by 1.3
percent per year. In the Arab sector the number of teachers
rose from 10,000 in 5759 to 21,300 in 5763, an average annual
growth rate of 9.4 percent. The total number of teachers in
the Arab sector is expected to reach 29,300, an increase of
approximately 8,000 teachers over the next five years.