Israelis in Arabic U-turn;Briefing;International;In brief

16th July 1999 at 01:00
Israel's new left-wing education minister, Yossi Sarid, announced last week that Arabic will join English as a compulsory second language in Jewish schools, writes Sue Surkes. Ministry officials were unable to say when the change will take place. Some 20 per cent of Israeli citizens are Arabs, but only 3 per cent of Jewish youngsters took matriculation exams in Arabic last year.

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