The Finance Committee, chaired by MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), held a session  to discuss an urgent motion for the agenda on the issue of “the cancellation of the ‘Holiday schools’ programs and “the intention to cancel the subsidized activities in the north.”

The discussion focused on the cancellation of the “Holiday schools” initiative, which provides in-school programming for kindergarteners and students in grades 1-3 for five days of the Hanukkah vacation, at no extra cost to the parents. Moreover, the Committee discussed the possibility of cancelling the subsidized programs for tens of thousands of children in the north.

The representative of the Finance Ministry, Orly Lyman said: “Since a distinct solution is required for special education, coupled with an unexpected shortage in budget, it was decided to put the plan on hold during the holiday of Hanukkah. Given that 2019 is a closed out fiscal year, we do not have the ability to create a budget.” As for the 2020 budget, the Ministry’s representative noted that the issue will be examined during the budget discussions and in accordance with the Government’s position.

MK Keren Barak (Likud) said: “It is necessary to find a solution, and not to cancel the project. As a parent, I saw a meaningful solution in the project. It bothers me that it’s being dropped. This is an absurd situation.”

MK Yulia Malinovsky (Yisrael Beitenu) said: “It is an economic burden for parents when children stay at home during the holiday. The project is praiseworthy, it gives parents the ability to function during the holiday of Hanukkah.”