Class Sizes Range From 13 to 36 Pupils

The international report on numbers of pupils in Israeli classrooms suggest big variations in different schools.

Analysis of data released yesterday by the Ministry of Education shows that there are major differences in classroom density, particularly when comparing the Jewish and Arab sectors.

The average number of pupils per class in an Arab elementary school stands at 31, compared to 26 in the Jewish schools.

The data is for the current school year and includes private schools, where the amount of pupils per classroom is relatively lower. Special education programs, where the maximum number of pupils per classroom is eight, are not included in calculation of the overall average.

The three communities with the lowest pupil density are the Tamar Regional Council, west and south of the Dead Sea (13 pupils on average), the Immanuel Local Council, in the West Bank (14 pupils), and the Katzir-Harish Local Council, in Wadi Ara (15 pupils). By comparison, the most crowded classrooms are in the Arab schools of Acre, with 36 pupils, Jisr al-Zarqa, Reina and Baka-Jatt (with 34 pupils each), and Shfaram, Kalansua and Fureidis (33 pupils each). Gadera and Gan Yavne are among the Jewish communities with the largest number of children per classroom, with 34 each.