Ministry of Education (Israel)
Ministry of Education Headquarters
|Preceding agencies||Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport
Ministry of Education and Culture
|Jurisdiction||Government of Israel|
|Headquarters||Lev Ram Building, Musrara, Jerusalem
|Annual budget||42 billion New Shekel|
The Israeli Ministry of Education (Hebrew: מִשְׂרָד הַחִנּוּךְ, translit. Misrad HaHinukh) is the branch of government charged with overseeing public education institutions in Israel. The political head of the department is the Minster of Education, currently Shai Piron.
The ministry has previously been known as the Ministry of Education and Culture (1949–1977, 1984–1990, 1992–1993) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (1977–1984, 1990–1992, 1993–1999, 2003–2006).
The Minister of Education is the political head of the ministry, and a member of the cabinet.
List of ministers
|#||Minister||Party||Governments||Term start||Term end||Notes|
|1||Zalman Shazar||Mapai||1||10 March 1949||1 November 1950|
|2||David Remez||Mapai||2||1 November 1950||19 May 1951||Died in office|
|3||David Ben-Gurion||Mapai||2||19 May 1951||8 October 1951||Serving Prime Minister|
|4||Ben-Zion Dinur||Mapai||3, 4, 5, 6||8 October 1951||3 November 1955|
|5||Zalman Aran||Mapai||7, 8, 9||3 November 1955||10 May 1960|
|6||Abba Eban||Mapai||9, 10||3 August 1960||26 June 1963|
|–||Zalman Aran||Mapai, Alignment||11, 12, 13||26 June 1963||15 December 1969|
|7||Yigal Allon||Alignment||15, 16||15 December 1969||3 June 1974|
|8||Aharon Yadlin||Alignment||17||3 June 1974||20 June 1977|
|9||Zevulun Hammer||National Religious Party||18, 19, 20||20 June 1977||13 September 1984|
|10||Yitzhak Navon||Alignment||21, 22, 23||13 September 1984||15 March 1990|
|–||Zevulun Hammer||National Religious Party||24||11 June 1990||13 July 1992|
|11||Shulamit Aloni||Meretz||25||13 July 1992||11 May 1993|
|12||Yitzhak Rabin||Labor||25||11 May 1993||7 June 1993||Serving Prime Minister|
|13||Amnon Rubinstein||Meretz||25, 26||3 May 1994||18 June 1996|
|–||Zevulun Hammer||National Religious Party||27||18 June 1996||20 January 1998||Died in office|
|14||Yitzhak Levy||National Religious Party||27||25 February 1998||6 July 1999|
|15||Yossi Sarid||Meretz||28||6 July 1999||24 June 2000|
|16||Ehud Barak||One Israel||28||24 September 2000||7 March 2001||Serving Prime Minister|
|17||Limor Livnat||Likud||29, 30||7 March 2001||14 January 2006|
|18||Meir Sheetrit||Kadima||30||18 January 2006||4 May 2006|
|19||Yuli Tamir||Labor||31||4 May 2006||31 March 2009|
|20||Gideon Sa'ar||Likud||32||31 March 2009||18 March 2013|
|21||Shai Piron||Yesh Atid||33||18 March 2013||4 December 2014|
National Education Award
Since 2002, the Ministry of Education awards a National Education Award to five top localities in recognizing excellence in investing substantial resources in the educational system. In 2012, first place was awarded to the Shomron Regional Council and followed by Or Yehuda, Tiberias, Eilat and Beersheba. The prize has been awarded to a variety of educational institutions including kindergartens and elementary schools.
- "Shomron Regional Council Receives National Education Award". Israel National News. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
“The award is an expression of our respect and appreciation for local authorities that are outstanding in the investment in education and in the importance they attach to fostering the local educational system.”
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