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Attack on Chinuch Update
Several weeks have already passed since the Israeli elections, but the coalition negotiations are still ongoing. These negotiations offer the smaller political parties the opportunity to capitalize on their electoral power, and the chareidi parties are no exception.
Therefore, in an open letter to the chareidi parties and the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Harav Leizerson, head of Chinuch Atzmai for the past half-century, wrote:
“This is a fitting time, offered to us by Hashgachah Elyonah, with the increase in our representation [with 16 chareidi MKs] and influence after the recent elections, to block the continual attempts of the Ministry of Education to meddle with pedagogical matters and even our values, that were protected until recently...”
“Until recently” refers to what happened five years ago, when the chareidi parties sat in the opposition. The Minister of Education, Shai Piron (of the Yesh Atid party), established a special “Chareidi Department” within the Ministry, and openly declared his intention to transform the chareidi educational system.
The “Chareidi Department,” or “mechoz chareidei” as it is known, was staffed with people from the fringes of chareidi society who had the “benefit” of a secular education. They were proud of their “open-mindedness,” and were determined to impose that benefit on the rest of the community.
Gedolei Torah were quick to see the dangers posed by the Mechoz and ruled that the Mechoz should be boycotted – none of the mosdos should cooperate with it in any way.
When the chareidei parties entered the Netanyahu government four years ago, they were promised that the “Mechoz” would be dismantled. However, this promise was never kept. Now, Harav Leizerson wrote the chareidei representatives, is the time to use their newfound clout. They should make it clear to the Likud that this time the government will be held accountable to keep its promise.
In his letter, Harav Leizerson writes: Chinuch Atzmai (Independent Torah Schools) “has more than a hundred thousand students, learning in close to 300 mosdos... I turn to you to make this demand an ultimatum in the coalition negotiations: to restore complete and total independence to Chinuch Atzmai, the way things were from the time of the founding of the State... The rabbanim have instructed us to fight against [the Mechoz] which currently has dozens of inspectors, whereas for decades, they only had two or three, and those focused solely on administrative matters, and never dared to interfere in the way we educate our children...”
Even worse, it appears that the Mechoz has plans to increase its meddling in Chinuch Atzmai schools and even in the regular chadorim. A few weeks ago, menahelim of all schools received a letter from the Ministry of Education, informing them of its intention to enhance the inspections that are already a regular occurrence.