More than a million students are waiting to be enrolled at the prestigious Ashkelon University, where they will be learning Hebrew and other foreign languages.
The university is among hundreds of Israeli institutions that are being targeted by an Israeli government plan to give free textbooks to their students.
The plan is aimed at assuring that Israeli students get the most out of their education, as well as to help Israel’s economy, which has struggled to compete with the growing popularity of online learning.
Israel’s Education Ministry has said it hopes to get 1 million students into classes this year, with another 5 million expected to take up studies this year.
But for some of the students, the free textbooks are a godsend.
“I was waiting for them.
I wanted to get them for my children.
They are my first language and I want to be able to teach them English, Arabic and Hebrew.
They have been great,” said Eman, who asked to be identified only by her first name.”
It’s like a miracle,” she said.
A few hours after Eman and other students arrived at Ashkelons campus, they were met by a delegation of the Israeli Ministry of Education, which led by Education Minister Zvi Motti was accompanied by officials from the Education Ministry’s National Information Center and the Higher Education Coordination Office.
They told the students that they had the opportunity to be the first to get a free textbook from the ministry, which will then be delivered to them at a designated address, which is to be decided by the ministry.
But some students say they were shocked and disappointed by the offer.
“If I’m lucky enough to get it, I’m going to write a book about it, but I won’t know how it’s going to translate,” said Nidal, a student who had to leave his apartment in Jerusalem after he received a note from the teacher telling him that the university would deliver the free textbook to him.
Motti said he had already received hundreds of calls from students asking to get their free textbooks, and promised to give them the information in time.
“This is a matter of national importance for our students, and our country.
We want to ensure that they are learning in Hebrew and Arabic,” he said.
The ministry is working with several Israeli universities, including Beit El, Ashkelona, Ashdod, Bar-Ilan University and Ashkelos Polytechnic, to provide free textbooks for their students, but it is unclear whether they will receive the money as promised.
The Education Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Free-to-Know report.
In recent years, the Israeli government has tried to boost the countrys education system, opening some of its most prestigious schools, offering tuition discounts and offering free tuition for some students.
Last year, the government gave the country’s top public universities a free diploma, and offered tuition discounts for students from abroad.
In April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would offer free tuition to foreign students studying at elite schools in Israel.
Last month, the ministry announced that it would begin providing free tuition in Israeli universities for students who take up an Israeli language course in Hebrew, Arabic or other foreign language, with the aim of helping the country reach its goal of 1 million international students this year and 10 million students in 2019.
But the ministry also acknowledged that it needs more funding, with about 80 percent of the budget coming from the public sector.
The government has also pledged to increase tuition fees for students, with some schools charging as much as $3,000 per semester.
The Free-To-Know Report was produced by The Jerusalem Report.