Changing of the Guard at the Education Ministry

Director-General Dalit Stauber, an appointee of previous minister Gideon Sa’ar, announces she will be stepping down at the end of November, after giving 35 years’ service to Israeli education.

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Education Ministry Director-General Dalit Stauber announced yesterday that she would be leaving her post at the end of next month, after two years in the job.

Education Minister Shay Piron reportedly conducted interviews to replace Stauber, an appointee of the previous minister, Gideon Sa’ar, when he took office after the last elections. The ministry denied the reports at the time.

“After the orderly and problem-free opening of the school year, the passing of the budget and setting in motion of the processes required to implement the policies of Education Minister Rabbi Shay Piron, I felt that this was the time to transfer management of the ministry to the next shift,” Stauber wrote in her announcement. “I’m completing 35 years of work in service to education with a great deal of satisfaction and gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the fashioning of Israeli society.”

In a statement, Piron said, “Dalia has led the ministry to impressive achievements and has left her mark on the educational system during more than 35 years. My assumption of the post of education minister was facilitated by her advice and true partnership.”

When the ministry decided several weeks ago to suspend the Metzav achievement tests in the schools this year, Stauber was criticized for having helped Sa’ar justify the drive for increased testing. But under Piron, she supported the tests’ cancellation.

Ministry officials insisted that no specific disputes had led to Stauber’s decision to leave, noting that it is very common for directors-general to change when a new minister comes in. They also hinted that a replacement had been chosen, but no names were mentioned.

Education Ministry Director-General Dalit Stauber with her previous boss, Gideon Sa’ar.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

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