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      Archive: 8/10/2012
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        8/10/2012, Av 22, 5772

      Free Education will Apply to 85% of 3 and 4 Year Olds


      Education Minister Gid'on Sa'ar said, Thursday, that about 270,000 children, aged three and four, will benefit from legislation passed this year to provide free education, starting at age three. Speaking following a tour of new school facilities in Rechovot, accompanied by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Sa'ar said the figure represented about 85 percent of the age group receiving the 800-shekel monthly (NIS 8,000 for the school year) benefit.

      860 new kindergartens have been built and 910 kindergarten teachers have been added to the staff.