A special report released by the Education Ministry yesterday concludes that despite criticism, the Dovrat Committee's recommended changes are considered positive by the communities that opted to adopt them. Those participating in the evaluation said the changes should be broadened and improved further.
But almost three-quarters of teachers and 40 percent of the parents in Jewish communities that adopted the Dovrat reforms are dissatisfied. The dissatisfaction is even greater in Arab communities that implemented the changes.
On the other hand, 78 percent of the principals in the same communities said that they were satisfied with the changes.
The report prepared by the National Evaluation and Appraisal Authority is based on surveys and interviews conducted during the previous school year, which saw partial implementation of the Dovrat Committee's recommendations.
Among the main changes implemented were a school day that lasts until 3 P.M., a shift to a five-day school week, and the parceling of first and second grades into groups of 20 for math and language (Hebrew or Arabic).
The program was adopted in 34 local authorities, which include approximately 180 elementary schools with 67,000 pupils. The cost of the implemented changes is estimated at NIS 140 million.
One of the main issues examined by the report is the impact of a long school day. Some 65 percent of the parents and the teachers responded that the change has still not had an impact on the achievements of the pupils. Most of those asked said that a longer school day has resulted in greater fatigue in pupils.
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