Jerusalemís non-Haredi school enrollment rises for first time in 15 years (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By HILLARY ZAKEN 05/21/12)
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Capitalís secular, national religious schools see modest increase;
65% of Jewish pupils are in ultra-Orthodox schools
For the first time in 15 years, enrollment in state secular and
religious schools in Jerusalem has increased, reflecting the start of
a possible turnaround in the demographics of the capital city.
The population of Jerusalem is about one-third ultra-Orthodox and one-
third Arab, and both of those sectors are growing rapidly. Many non-
religious or national religious residents have left the capital in
recent years; however, the increase in enrollment in the state
schools indicates a possibility that this trend is reversing.
Enrollment in state-run secular elementary schools increased to
11,133 students in 2012, up from 11,024 students in 2011, according
to a statistical report released for Jerusalem Day on Sunday. State-
run religious primary schools also saw a rise to 11,003 students in
2012, up from 10,872 students in 2011.
The municipality credits education reforms for the increased
State-run elementary schools in both the secular and religious school
systems also saw an increase of 4% in matriculation rates, after a
decade and a half of decline.
Statistics from the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies (JIIS)
annual statistical report on Jerusalem also show that, for the 2011-
12 school year, 65% of Jewish children are enrolled in ultra-Orthodox
elementary schools. Some 47,860 pupils were registered in the ultra-
Orthodox school system, compared to only 24,054 in the state system.
The JIIS report shows Jerusalemís population at the end of 2010 at
789,000, of which 504,000 (64%) were Jewish and 285,000 (36%) Arab.
During 2010, Jerusalemís population increased by 2.1% overall, with a
rise of 1.4% in the Jewish population and 3.3% among Arabs. However,
in recent years there has been a change in the birthrates in the
city, with an increase in Jewish birthrates and a decline in Arab
rates. In 2010, the birth rate among Jews in Jerusalem was 4.2%
compared to 3.9% for Arabs residents.
The ultra-Orthodox and Arab populations of Jerusalem continue to
grow, while the secular Jewish population has been on the decline.
Fully 29% of capitalís Jewish residents are ultra-Orthodox, 21% are
religious, and 19% are secular. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 05/21/12)
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