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ኢትዮጵያዊያንን አንቀበልም Ethiopian kids refused schooling in Israel

Unread postby ኦሽንoc » 27 Aug 2009 11:51

Ethiopian kids refused schooling

Eighty children of Ethiopian descent refused admission to Petah Tikvah elementary schools following parent board's objection.
Municipality says matter being treated, Education Ministry deputy general says situation 'unacceptable'


Moran Zelikovich
Published: 08.14.07, 21:19 / Israel News


Less than three weeks before the school year begins, 80 children of Ethiopian descent residing in Petah Tikvah find themselves with no place to carry out their first year of elementary school. An inquiry revealed that at least eight of the children were refused admission due to racist reasons.
The families of eight of the children said they discovered a few days ago that their children were not assigned to the first grade of their neighborhood school because parents of other children objected to having Ethiopian students study there.
Erez Sandovski, a friend of the Moloyia family whose son Yossef was not admitted to the neighborhood school has been trying to help the family.
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"The father (of the Moloyia family) told me with tears in his eyes that it was all because they were Ethiopian. I didn't believe him and went to the school's principal. The principal passed responsibility on to the municipality, and there I was transferred through different departments. In one of the departments I was told that the matter was being treated," Sandovski said.

Sandovski described the "creative" excuses he was given by the municipality, and said, "After asking directly if that (the children's descent) was the problem and receiving twisted answers, I carried out a brief inquiry among the parents in the school, and the cat came out of the bag. The teachers' board opposed the registration of more Ethiopian children to the school."
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Education Ministry Director General Shmuel Aboav
A Petah Tikvah municipality spokesperson said in response: "There are 80 Ethiopian children whose integration into the city has not been successful. The mayor is supposed to meet with Education Ministry Director General Shmuel Aboav to discuss ways of integrating all the students into the municipal education systems – both private and state schools."

The spokesperson continued to condemn the parents' behavior, saying, "We pay no attention and give no importance to their position. We will do everything we see fit for all the students. We will find an appropriate educational system, and we hope that the parents will show patience and tolerance…I despise parents who object to students because of the color of their skin."

Aboav said state schools or state-religious schools refusing to accept Ethiopian children was out of the question.

"This is a decision that we cannot accept, and we demand Ethiopian students be integrated into municipal education systems in every town…We will fight this unacceptable phenomenon," he said.

Source:Ynet news

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Peres: Refusal to enroll Ethiopian students a disgrace no Israeli can accept
By Or Kashti, Haaretz Correspondent

President Shimon Peres on Thursday slammed the refusal by a number of schools in Petach Tikva to enroll Ethiopian immigrant children.

The decision not to enroll the students is "a disgrace no Israeli can accept", Peres said Thursday.

In response, the three Petach Tikva private issed a joint statement Thursday in which they vowed to allow Ethiopian immigrant children and students with disabilities to enroll for school, adding "it's up to the president to learn the facts of the matter."

Peres' statements Thursday came after it was reported that the Education Ministry is preparing to immediately pull all funding for private Orthodox schools that refuse to enroll Ethiopian immigrant children, according to various ministry sources.
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The sources said the funding would stop unless the schools agreed by Sunday - two days before the school year begins - to enroll all the students assigned to them.

"We will not allow racist provocations, even if they are couched in all kinds of pretexts," Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Tuesday.

A ministry official said the parents whose children attend the three schools in question are relatively well-off, and would not be affected by "a fine of a few percentage points. Therefore, the decision taking shape is to stop all funding."

These three schools receive most of their money from the ministry and the municipality.

The acting mayor of Petah Tikva, who is in charge of the city's Orthodox education system, Moti Zaft, said the only solution was separate classes for the immigrants, because they lacked knowledge and learning skills. Social activities would be held jointly with other children, he said.

He said the city's schools had agreed to divide equally the Ethiopian student body, and that the private schools had accepted his plan.

Sa'ar responded that special immigrant classes were "a stain on the education system and on any school that uses them," in an interview with Army Radio.

Rabbi Shay Piron, executive director of Hakol Hinuch, the Movement for the Advancement of Education in Israel, said Wednesday, "The struggle against the three private schools in Petah Tikva needs a much wider focus, on 'recognized, unofficial education.' Unless we wipe out this phenomenon, which has only grown in recent years, public education will continue to be the less attractive choice for Israeli parents."

Source:haaretz

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