Under the title “The True Education Ministry Agenda for Chareidi Mosdos Revealed, Yeshiva World explains the ‘evil’ plans Israel’s government has for haredi schools. "Mosdos"=institutions, in this case, schools. "Bagrut"=Israel’s high school matriculation testing. "Gedolei Yisrael Shlita"=top haredi rabbis.
While Gedolei Yisrael Shlita have spoken loud and clear regarding the continuation of chareidi education without implementing secular studies, the nation’s Ministry of Education has other plans.
For those who question the ministry’s tenacious determination towards achieving its goal, bringing secular studies and bagrut matriculation exams to yeshivos, they may now put those doubts aside. The Thursday 16 Elul edition of Yated Neeman discloses a ministry document signed by Ministry Director-General Dorit Stauber, who is quoted “The ministry has assigned staff to promote this educational ideal which is viewed as a strategic goal”, namely the introduction of math, English, science, computers and bagrut exams in chareidi mosdos.
The document revealed in the report was sent by Stauber to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat during the tenure of the previous administration, when Gideon Saar served as education minister. “In light of the growing chareidi population in Jerusalem the ministry wishes to establish a chareidi high school that offers bagrut” the letter says.
The letter states this was decided upon during a meeting between Saar and principals of chareidi high schools offering bagrut that was held on June 23, 2012, setting a goal of increasing the number of chareidi students studying for bagrut threefold within five years.
Stauber adds that ישיבת נהרדעא לתורה ולתעודה is a premier example, and its relocating to Jerusalem from Nachalim will help to advance this program.
The document was uncovered by [haredi] Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Yitzchak Pindrus, who is working with [haredi] MK Yaakov Asher on the matter. It was Pindrus who released the document to [the haredi daily paper] Yated [Ne'eman], a document that clearly shows the agenda of the current ministry was launched in the previous administration.