As the school year is set to kick off, the Education Ministry releases a survey detailing which cities have the highest rates of students passing the bagrut high school matriculation exam.
At the top of the list are a smattering of small towns in the north and center of the country, including Beit Jann (99%), Abu al-Hija (98%), Kiryat Ekron (96%), and Givat Shmuel and Kedumim with 93%.
Among the big cities, Rishon Lezion leads the way with 77%, followed by Haifa (76%), Tel Aviv and Beersheba (70%), and, way below, Jerusalem, with 47%.
Not surprisingly, the bottom of the list is made up of heavily Haredi towns and some poorer Arab villages. In the cellar is Modiin Ilit and Kiryat Ye’arim (Telz-Stone), which both got a big goose egg. Doing slightly better are Bnei Brak (11%) and Jisr al-Zarqa (15%).