Reduction of parental payments following a government decision to change budgetary priorities for 2012 and the implementation of the Trachtenberg Committee recommendations for social-economic change
Within such a wide decision, with so many topics covered, the first part of the decision focuses on Education and Day care centers, and specifically the subsidization of nursery schools for 3-4 year olds. The purpose of the decision, in this context, has been to reduce social gaps and increase equal opportunities by reducing households’ private expenditure on education in the weaker populations. The recommendations of the Shoshani and Trachtenberg committees have formed the foundation for this decision. Clause 3 to the decision focused on parental payments. In fact, this clause adopted the Shoshani committee recommendations, including to promote a progressive mechanism for parental payments, to revise clause 6d to the compulsory education law of 1949, to act to reduce textbook prices, to promote the textbook loaning project, and to develop an interactive digital textbook format that would be accessible to all Israeli students.
As at December 2016, nearly all components of the decision have not been implemented. A progressive parental payments mechanism has not been introduced. While the Ministry of Education has examined alternatives for initiating a progressive mechanism and it was agreed that a partial differential subsidization would be enforced for annual field trips, in practice most of this budget was directed to grants in support of students whose parents cannot pay for school equipment; the textbook loaning project, aimed at reducing the expenditure on books, was implemented only partially in some schools, based on the local authority’s willingness to implement the plan. In the 2014-2015 school year, 2,104 schools took part in the project. As to the development of digital education content, the Ministry decided to embark upon the creation of a digital alternative to printed textbooks within five years - meaning until the 2016-2017 school year. This program is also in process.
Decision date08/04/2015Partly Applied
Decision date29/05/2011Partly Applied