JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In an interview on the Kikar Hashabat site, MK Moshe “Kinli” Tur-Paz (Yesh Atid) who was the mediator between the Belz chasidim and the Education Ministry revealed that the new arrangement with the chasidus has nothing to do with the Mamlachti Chareidi program.
Tur-Paz stressed that the new arrangement started because Belz and other chasidic groups approached the authorities and said that “it’s illogical that we are willing to include a much broader core curriculum but do not receive commensurate budgets”. The ministry together with the Treasury formed a curriculum based on the Chinuch Atzmai and not on the Mamlachti Chareidi curriculum and on this basis they will receive budgets. Tur-Paz emphasized that the new arrangement does not interfere with the schools independence and maintains their educational goals.
“This is not Mamlachti-Chareidi, that stream is for the more modern chareidi groups. This arrangement maintains the guidelines of the Chinuch Atzmai. There is no interference with the educational content, it’s all fake news, extremists and others who are jealous. The framework is exactly the same as that of the Chinuch Atzmai.
Tur-Paz, a resident of Kfar Etzion, was a senior member of the Jerusalem Municipality and supervised chareidi education in the capital before joining the Knesset. In this capacity he met with Belz leaders and decided to help them receive equal budgets since they agreed to teach the core curriculum.