New survey presented to Knesset‘s Immigration Committee reveals Ethiopian student body ‘forced’ into specific schools
-Israel has over 100 preschools and schools with a majority of Ethiopian students, a new report by the Knesset Research Center revealed.
The report will be submitted to the Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs on Tuesday, as it debated the integration of Ethiopian children in schools.
Since the ministry cannot prevent parents from enrolling their children in a specific school because of the ratio of Ethiopian students, he added, “We are working on making school more attractive, so they would appeal to a diversified population.”
A position paper submitted to the committee by the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jews said that “The separation of Ethiopian students and ‘holding’ then in schools ‘of their own’ are indicative of a clear policy of segregation, which perpetuates racist perceptions labeling them as weaker than other students.
“This policy is in clear contrast to the spirit if the State of Israel as a democratic state which welcomes immigrants and offers them equal opportunities.”
Committee Chairman MK Danny Danon (Likud) called the findings “insulting to Israeli society,” adding that “this somber reality of ‘ghettos’ requires the attention of the government ministries and professional bodies, which must formulate a work plan for the proper integration of the Ethiopian community, instead of forcing it to the sidelines.”