Peres calls for free higher education
search

Peres calls for free higher education

President says cost of bachelor's degree should be covered since tuition is an 'existential' need

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Shimon Peres at his Jerusalem residence (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Shimon Peres at his Jerusalem residence (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Bachelor’s degrees should be funded for every student, President Shimon Peres said Sunday at a ceremony to mark the first day of the academic year for higher education.

Peres called higher education a social right and a “existential requirement” for living during a speech at the Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv.

“We should enable a free first degree for every student,” he said, without specifying where the money to fund such an endeavor would come from.

At present higher education costs around NIS 15,000 ($2,614) per year, usually paid for by the students’ parents.

Peres received an honorary teaching degree from the college, which this year marked the centenary of its founding in 1912. In the years since, the college claims to have graduated over 40,000 teachers.

Over 350,000 students began studies on Sunday at universities and colleges across the country.

read more:
comments