Kulanu Candidate: Teachers, Students Pay the Price for Piron

Kulanu Party candidate Dr. Yifat Sasha-Biton heavily criticized Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) Friday, writing on Facebook that he failed in his role. 

"He entered the Ministry of Education with a big smile, but otherwise failed to connect words and ideas in the field," Sasha-Biton stated. "To be precise – almost any idea brought by the Ministry failed to reach its goal in terms of overall performance."

Sasha-Biton further slammed the Minister for preaching "education reform," when, in reality, nothing has changed in 2.5 years. 

"Who pays the price? Teachers and students," she added. 

"Piron decided to enter the role with this idea of 'meaningful learning,' as if all that was here before was insignificant," she continued. "All this without having to take responsibility and do something real that builds a nation from the field." 

Sasha-Biton also attacked Piron for announcing that Psychometric exams – the standardized tests which determine the options for thousands of Israelis looking to learn in colleges and universities – would be cancelled. 

"For whom were they cancelled?" she asked. "There are mature students who are ready for the Psychometry, with 4 and 5 Bagrut [matric] units, the same students who could easily integrate into the university system with dignity and success without the exams."

"If Piron meant to encourage higher quality students, then we have to start with the ideal of equal opportunity for everyone," she continued. "Continuing these declarations and the decision to reduce the number of matriculation units [required] increases the burden and doesn't change the system." 

Real change, she said, begins from retraining teachers – a factor she claimed those in the government have forgotten. 

Sasha-Biton joined Kulanu on an educational platform; she holds a doctorate in education and is the former deputy mayor of Kiryat Shmona. 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191921

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