Education Report 2010: Failed Grade - The Education System in East Jerusalem


Despite the fact that Israeli Education Law requires the State to provide education services to all residents of Israel, there continues to be a severe shortage of more than 1,000 classrooms in East Jerusalem. This shortage, as well as the sub-standard conditions of existing classrooms, has led more than 40,000 pupils to turn to private schools, while approximately 5,300 children do not attend school at all. Despite the promises of Israeli authorities to the High Court of Justice in 2007 to build 645 classrooms by 2011, not much has changed since then.