Israel Lags Behind in Computers in the Classroom

Report shows Israel does not meet computerization goals set by Education Ministry in 1993.

Israel was ranked 49 out of 64 countries when it comes to the number of computers per student in the classroom, the Knesset Education committee reported on Monday.

computers in school - Tomer Appelbaum
Tomer Appelbaum

According to a preliminary analysis of the results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluation conducted in 2009, the computer-student ratio is 0.37, a figure similar to that in countries such as Uruguay, Panama and Albania.

Even though every computer post is meant to be used by 3 students on average, in reality the average number of students per computer this year was 12.7, according to Education Ministry data.

The report by the education committee also reveals that between the years 2006-2008 there was a steady decline in the level of computerization in the education system in Israel. The report points at deterioration in the quality of computers used in schools, as well as the number of students per computer.

The report mentions that despite certain improvements, there are still more than 1,500 educational institutions that don’t meet the goal of the education ministry from 1993 of 1 computer for every 10 students.

According to the report, there are serious gaps between various regional councils in the level of computerization, the worst off being councils belonging to the non-Jewish sector.