Bill would make Arabic lessons mandatory from first grade

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) doesn’t speak Arabic, but he would like to. A gap in his education inspired him to propose a bill requiring Israeli students to study Arabic from first grade.

The legislation states that schools in all sectors of Israeli society must learn Hebrew and Arabic from first grade and onward.

"Just like it cannot be that Arab citizens complete 12 years of school without knowing Hebrew, the existing situation, in which Jewish citizens complete 12 years of school without knowing Arabic, cannot continue," Hazan wrote in the bill’s explanatory portion.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Bill-would-make-Arabic-lessons-mandatory-from-first-grade-404244

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