Israeli City Refuses To Enroll African Refugee Children In Its Public Schools
Despite a court order, the Eilat is refusing to enroll African refugee children in the city’s public schools.
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Israeli city of Eilat has filed an appeal with the High Court of Justice in an attempt to overturn a recent decision by a lower court ordering the city to enroll children of African asylum-seekers in city public schools.
Eilat has reportedly refused to enroll the children for the past four years, instead sending them to a remote makeshift school in an abandoned youth village outside town. Israel’s state Education Ministry approved this arrangement.
In their petition to the lower court, advocates for the African refugees claimed the children were not really being educated. They were not being taught the Education Ministry's national curriculum.
"The school building does not meet even elementary standards," the advocates’ petition reportedly noted. “Children study in 'multi-age' classrooms” and “they are not permitted to take [state] bagrut matriculation exams."
Eilat’s appeal to the High Court argues that children who are in Israel illegally "do not have a known and acknowledged right to inclusion in the regular education system and to integration in the schools' regular classrooms."
Eilat’s appeal also claims that the state’s Education Ministry determined that the needs of the migrant children are not met in local public school systems, and therefore forcing the city to enroll the refugee children would hurt the schools which are unprepared to handle them and the refugee children themselves.
The state’s Education Ministry approved the city’s appeal. It is also reportedly drafting its own.