“BEFORE THE NEXT PROTEST, GIVE ISRAELIS OF ETHIOPIAN DESCENT AN EQUAL EDUCATION” – WRITES MR. ZEEV KASO, HEAD OF THE PROGRAM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF STUDENTS OF ETHIOPIAN DESCENT
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the percentage of students of Ethiopian descent rejected by universities in Israel is 10% higher than other Jewish applicants. This paints a grim picture despite the upward trend in the number of students of Ethiopian descent in higher education. For example, in the last academic year only 0.5% of the applicants of Ethiopian descent were accepted to medical school, 0.6% in science 0.9% in engineering.
…The main problem behind the non-acceptance of students of Ethiopian descent to university begins in kindergarten and elementary school. In Israel 2016, most children of Ethiopian descent still study in segregated schools, attended almost exclusively by children from the community, because the neighborhoods where they live are also largely populated by families from Ethiopia, creating a “ghetto effect.” Needless to say, these schools suffer from lower investment and are below the average level nationally. In this situation, children of Ethiopian descent are at a disadvantage compared to others their age from the very beginning….
Mr. Zeev Kaso, Head of the Program for the Advancement of Students of Ethiopian Descent
in Higher Education and the Development of Social Leadership