Fayyad pledges to protect PA curriculum in Jerusalem

The Israeli Jerusalem municipality runs 50 schools in East Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday pledged to protect the use of a PA-approved curriculum in East Jerusalem schools.

“We assure you that the PA is determined to continue to stand with you to protect the Palestinian curriculum in East Jerusalem, with all its contents, and confront all attempts to distort and tamper with the national and Arabic curriculum in the city,” Fayyad told crowds during a protest in Ramallah.

The Palestinian NGO network organized the demonstration, attended by school teachers and students, in protest against Israel’s violations against education in East Jerusalem.

In 2011, the Jerusalem municipality sent a letter to the heads of private schools — schools that are allocated funds from Israeli authorities — in which they instructed the schools to only use textbooks prepared by the Jerusalem Educational Administration, a joint body of the municipality and the Israeli Ministry of Education.

The logo of the Palestinian Education Ministry was removed from all new textbooks and parents complained the content of some books has been distorted.

After Israel annexed East Jerusalem following the 1967 conflict — a move that was not recognized internationally — Palestinians in the city followed the Jordanian educational system.

When Palestinians and Israelis signed the Oslo agreement schools in East Jerusalem began using a curriculum set by the Palestinian Authority.

Based on 2010-2011 statistics by the East Jerusalem Education Directorate, the Israeli Jerusalem municipality runs 50 schools in East Jerusalem, which are attended by 48 percent of Palestinian students in the city.

Additionally, 52 percent of students attended 68 private, Waqf and Palestinian Authority schools in the holy city.

(www.maannews.net / 28.04.2012)

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