Education minister: Israeli schools will open on time even with rise of cases

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Education minister: Israeli schools will open on time even with rise of cases

'I say here to the citizens of the State of Israel, the school year will open on Sept. 1. Period', Yoav Gallant said in an interview

Children keep social distancing and sanitary measures as they go back to school
Children keep social distancing and sanitary measures as they go back to school

Israel’s education minister made it clear: Rise in coronavirus cases or not, schools in the country will open on time.

“I say here to the citizens of the State of Israel, the school year will open on Sept. 1. Period,” Yoav Gallant said in an interview with Channel 12. “We have a plan, I sat for hours with the finance minister, he was convinced by things, he is cooperating on the matter. I found partners in the local authorities and the teachers’ unions.”

The plan will include some remote learning.

Since Israel reopened its economy and schools in late May, COVID-19 cases have been rising steadily. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged that the country reopened too quickly.

Gallant said the education system is working to ensure that every child will be able to connect to distance learning, though he could not commit to being successful, in part due to the expense of providing equipment and infrastructure to schools and some students, and to train teachers.

“This is complex work, we are talking about 2.5 million students and teachers,” Gallant said.

Gallant said last week that Israeli elementary schools will open in the fall, but with no more than 18 students per class, and older students will learn at home all but one day a week.

During the interview, he criticised a graduation party held for over 100 students at the Gymnasia Rehavam high school in Jerusalem, where over 100 students were infected by the coronavirus in May after school reopened, forcing the student body and staff into isolation.

The party violated current regulations designed to control the coronavirus in Israel, which include gatherings of up to 10 people indoors and up to 20 outside.

Meanwhile, the Knesset coronavirus oversight committee voted Tuesday to keep restaurants open, despite a government order to keep them closed to prevent the spread of the virus.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: