Religious school students scored 80 on average in exam questions on Judaism, while secular ones scored 64.
Or Kashti is the education analyst for Haaretz Newspaper.
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Initiative, mostly run in state-religious schools, was approved by the Education Ministry.
The Education Ministry approved the initiative as part of Gush Katif Day, marked Monday.