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New education minister scraps matriculation reforms put in place by last government

Incoming Education Minister Yoav Kisch (left) at a handover ceremony with outgoing minister Yifat Shasha-Biton, at the Education Ministry in Jerusalem on January 1, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussil/FLASH90)
Incoming Education Minister Yoav Kisch (left) at a handover ceremony with outgoing minister Yifat Shasha-Biton, at the Education Ministry in Jerusalem on January 1, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussil/FLASH90)

New Education Minister Yoav Kisch announces that he will scuttle matriculation reforms championed by the previous minister, Yifat Shasha-Biton, and will instead draw up a new framework by March.

The reforms were slated to see the written exams for history, literature, civics and biblical studies canceled and replaced by class projects and multidisciplinary work graded internally by each school, alongside an external assessment. Testing for math, English, language and science subjects was slated to continue as in the past, with externally set written tests.

In a statement, Kisch vows to give biblical studies and history “back their status and their rightful place.”

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