The new school year opened Monday in Israel, and a rise of 12% in the number of students in Samaria was registered. That was by far the biggest increase of any region in Israel, where the average increase as about 1.8%. The Samaria Regional Council reported Monday that 15,109 students started school Monday. Among them were 2,982 children in day care centers, 3,715 in kindergartens, and 900 in first grade.
In addition, 17 new kindergartens were opened, as were 15 new classrooms in existing schools. In addition, four new schools were opened: A state school in Barkan, and religious elementary schools in Revava, Har Bracha, and Shaare Tikvah.