Member of Knesset Amram Mitzna (Hatenu'ah) was elected, Monday, to head the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee. After the election, the former Haifa mayor, who was appointed acting mayor in the southern town of Yerucham to solve its fiscal problems, said that at the top of his priorities was reduction of gaps and the increase of equality between the center of the country and its periphery and between the Jewish and Arab sectors.
Mitzna said the committee will act as a platform for discussions on values and a meeting place for the public and policy makers, explaining, "We will pay attention to groundbreaking initiatives coming from the field. We will monitor and supervise the Ministry of Education, but also be a complementary body to the Ministry of Education." Other focal points for the committee will be payments by parents, the status of technological education, teachers and training, informal education, and national service. On the sports front, the committee will deal with violence, racism and intolerance.