The Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee approved, Monday, a clause intended to bring the loaning of textbooks to all schools instead of making students purchase them, starting next school year, where economically feasible. Under the amended law, a family will have to let a school know if it is not interested in taking part, whereas in the past it had to inform a school if it was taking part.
Under the program, a family will pay 280 shekels for the loan in grades 1-9 and 320 for grades 10-12. Member of Knesset Shim'on Ohayon (Likud Beytenu) welcomed the move, expressing hope that the fee would not be collected during the next few years. The Education Ministry is prepared to start the program in 600 schools next year and to have the whole system covered in three years.