In Israel, public policy and unmet promises may put Christian schools at risk

June 2, 2016 by  
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Israel, June 1, 2016: The Israeli government’s policies for Christian schools and unfair education budget cuts put them at risk of collapse, the Office of Christian Schools in Israel has charged.

Fr. Abdel Masih Fahim, general secretary of the Catholic Church’s Office of Christian Schools in Israel, urged the Israeli government to recognize the importance of continued Christian education in Israel. These schools are a “vital component of the Christian presence in the Holy Land,” he said in a May 23 statement.

“Christian schools in Israel are now in immediate danger of collapsing financially,” he warned.

The Israeli government’s policies for Christian schools and unfair education budget cuts put them at risk of collapse, the Office of Christian Schools in Israel has charged.

Fr. Abdel Masih Fahim, general secretary of the Catholic Church’s Office of Christian Schools in Israel, urged the Israeli government to recognize the importance of continued Christian education in Israel. These schools are a “vital component of the Christian presence in the Holy Land,” he said in a May 23 statement.

“Christian schools in Israel are now in immediate danger of collapsing financially,” he warned.

This promised agreement has remained unfulfilled.

A special commission has been established to deliberate on proposed changes and to make recommendations for the Christian schools.

The commission recommended that the schools join the Israeli public school system, but the Christian schools have expressed their reservations about the proposal.

The commission proposals suggested an additional three hours per class be dedicated each week to “strengthen and preserve the Christian identity and the special style of living in Christian schools.”

The collection of tuition fees in Christian schools will be determined by the committee from the ministry of education.

Fr. Fahim decried the way the education department has handled these concerns, saying the recommendations do not solve the financial crisis and further force Christian institutions to join the public school system.

– cna

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