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According to the Ministry of Education, 5,600 teaching professions have not been filled before the school year

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The Ministry of Education revealed on Sunday that about 5,600 teachers will remain vacant for next year amid the threat of teacher strikes before the school reopens on September 1.

According to data released by the ministry, the shortage is most strongly felt in Tel Aviv and central Israel, with schools shorting nearly 3,500 teachers. In other areas, we are dealing with a staff shortage of hundreds.

The ministry added that primary schools face a shortage of 424 English teachers and 250 science teachers, while special education schools and kindergartens face a shortage of 1103 staff. There were also about 460 vacant science education positions.

Since last year, more teachers have left the field than the previous year, according to data revealed by the Haaretz daily. The number of college students seeking an education degree has also decreased from 13,500 in the 2020-2021 academic year to 11,400 the following year.

Data released by the Central Statistics Office in March revealed that the number of new teachers has declined by 12% over the past year.

Also on Sunday, an Israeli-sponsored daycare center accused it of “failing preschool education for years” and threatened not to open it during the next school year.

Israeli teachers protest in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2022, demanding better wages and working conditions. At the forefront is Yaffa Ben-David (Tomer Neuberg / Flash90), Chief of the Teachers Union.

Israeli state-regulated day care services serve children aged 3 months to 3 years. They are run by a non-profit organization under government supervision and are state-sponsored. Parents donate a monthly amount determined by their income, usually around NIS 1,000-2,000 ($ 290-580). Due to limited space, parents with lower socioeconomic levels are usually prioritized.

At a press conference, the governing group set the school year on September 1 as the Treasury recently recommended reducing government subsidies to daycare centers that require parents to be billed heavily, saying “serious staff shortages.” I warned that I couldn’t start. price.

Meanwhile, the Israeli teachers union went on strike last month over a salary dispute with the Treasury.

Teachers protest outside Foreign Minister Yair Rapid’s house on June 28, 2022. (Israel Teachers Union)

According to a statement released by a teachers union spokesperson, the Treasury refused to offer more than NIS 8,600 ($ 2,513) as a starting salary for new teachers and only agreed to a small monthly salary increase for experienced teachers.

The union requires new teachers to earn 10,500 NIS ($ 3,077) per month and significantly increase the salaries of experienced teachers.

Treasury Minister Avigdor Lieberman acknowledged the need to raise salaries for new teachers, but also argued that they would change the way teachers take leave to reduce the number of working days when children do not have school. is doing.

In about a month before the school reopened, negotiations between teachers and the government were largely stalled, largely due to the interfering interim government during the ongoing elections.

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