Officials at the Sapir Regional College, adjacent to Sderot, fear that that this week's rocket attacks that killed one student will result in lower enrollment next year. "Registration is 300 less than at the same time last year," said Dr. Nahum Pazi, director of the college.
The dropout rate of students continuing the second semester this year is twice the normal rate. One drawing card for students is Thursday's announcement by the Jewish Agency that it will provide scholarships of $1,700 to students learning at the school.
However, students have complained that many of the classrooms and workrooms cannot be used because they are exposed to rocket attacks and are unprotected. "There is a general feeling that the government has abandoned everyone in the south," said student Mordechai Algrablie.