Dr. Shimshon Shoshani, CEO of the Education Ministry, criticized the decision to cancel next year's Meitzav exams for elementary school and middle school students. The annual standardized tests were deemed outdated by the head of the Ministry and other government officials. Administrators will study alternatives to the tests based on new research in educational techniques.
Dr. Shoshani sharply criticizes the decision in an interview with Israel Hayom news. He stated, "evidence shows that the Meitzav exams work and students are more successful with them." He added, "the cancellation of the tests will hinder students from the weaker sectors and those that live in periphery areas. Through the Meitzav tests, we can identify schools, regions and sectors that require additional help."
However Ran Erez, head of the Teacher's Union welcomed the cancellation of the exams, He stated that the tests created unnecessary competitions between schools and compared it to soccer league results. "This is an important step in creating schools with significant studies and values."