State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss toured Jerusalem educational institutions to get a close-up look at classroom crowding and other difficult conditions that prevail. Mayor Nir Barkat joined the tour, which began with a visit to Shaarei Daas Talmud Torah in Ramot.
The principals demonstrated the overcrowded classroom conditions. Rabbi Yitzchok Pindrus, deputy mayor, said that despite the additional of several new classrooms every year, there is still an acute shortage.
The visit continued at Tnuvos Yaakov, where the guests were received by Mrs. Rochel Shor, who spoke of the school's exceptional achievements in many different areas, despite inadequate physical conditions. At present over 40 classes are held in a building capable of accommodating about 15 classrooms.
They were also taken to see an adjacent building where Rabbi Pindrus is working toward the construction of a building for 24 additional classrooms that has already received Education Ministry approval.
The State Comptroller wrapped up the visits by addressing his hosts, as well as Mayor Barkat and Deputy Mayor Pindrus, saying crowding in chareidi classrooms is a difficult, untenable problem that should be given high priority.