Chairman Dov Khenin of the Knesset's Direct-Employment lobby called on Education Minister Gid'on Sa'ar, Monday, to get involved and prevent the firing of teachers in the HILA program for at-risk youth. HILA teachers staged a strike over notice from their employers - the Association of Community Centers - that they faced pre-dismissal hearings.
Khenin said, "The Hila project is of tremendous social importance. This is the last line of defense that the education systems place for teenagers who have dropped out of the formal education system. Instead of firing the HILA program teachers, it should be ensured that they become part of the education system and be absorbed into it as state civil servants or as employees of local authorities."