CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat) 12 March 1995

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 12.03.95:

1. Within the framework of the Ministerial Committee on National Security, the Cabinet was briefed on the IDF’s 1995 working plan.

2. The Cabinet decided to create a committee to examine the proposal for an extended school day; the committee will be headed by Professor Chaim Adler, head of the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The committee is to present its recommendations by 30.5.95.

The committee will be asked address the following questions:

A. The resources required to pay the salaries of educators and of those offering educational services during extra hours; to fund additional services, and to provide equipment and for the physical development of schools.

B. The limits, if any, to the extension of the school day for various ages.

C. Whether an extended school day should be introduced throughout the educational system, or whether it should be limited to specific populations/regions/ages. The committee is being asked to consider both what is desirable, as well as the order of priorities in implementing the plan, should financial limitations require a choice.

D. The necessary conditions for an extension of the school day, in terms of:

1. the physical conditions relating to students,

2. the physical conditions relating to educators,

3. the appropriate manpower essential for additional school hours,

4. other services and/or functions needed for its operation.

E. The worthwhileness of an extended school day in terms of its efficiency for the economy.

F. The integration and pace of the economy’s transition to a five-day work week.

G. The recommended timetable.

3. The Cabinet began its discussion of the recommendations made by the committee investigating the implementation and implications of introducing a plan for the mass distribution of stocks being held by the Government to the public (the options plan). The continuation of the discussion was postponed until the next meeting.

4. The alternate eastern route of section 13 of the Trans-Israel Highway was authorized as part of the national blueprint plan.