6 out of 10 Jerusalem teens don’t graduate high-school
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6 out of 10 Jerusalem teens don’t graduate high-school

Nationwide statistics reveal a widening gap between rich and poor, secular and religious

Hartman High School students take their matriculation exams in mathematics (: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Hartman High School students take their matriculation exams in mathematics (: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

Only 41 percent of Jerusalem high school students passed their matriculation exams last year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Education Ministry. The number represents a seven percent drop from 2010.

Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv the numbers showed an opposite trend, with 73% of teens matriculating, an increase of five percent from the previous year.

A broader view of the statistics nationwide revealed that matriculation success correlates closely with cities’ socioeconomic indicators. The numbers showed a widening education gap between prosperous cities in the center and poorer cities on the periphery of the country, and gaps between secular communities on one hand and ultra-Orthodox on the other.

The city of Shoham, near Ben Gurion Airport, led the country’s matriculation rankings, with 86.2% of students eligible for a high school diploma, followed by Kochav Yair (84.82%), the Hof Sharon Regional Council (82.2%), Kiryat Ono (81.5%) and Ra’anana (80.14%).

Cities with predominantly ultra-Orthodox citizens were ranked very low. Only 10% of students in Bnei Brak, Beitar Illit and Kiryat Sefer were eligible to receive a high school diploma.

Two weeks ago the Education Ministry revealed that there was a slight drop in overall student matriculation numbers, from 48.3% in 2010 to 48.1% in 2011.

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