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SA Matric accepted in Israel

Left to Right: Aviad Sela, Carmit Michaeli and Dorron Kline

Telfed was invited by Aviad Sela, the Director of the Israel Centre in Johannesburg, to attend a meeting at the World Zionist Organisation offices in Jerusalem, together with Carmit Michaeli of the Israel Ministry of Education.

The aim of the meeting was discuss the acceptance of the South African matriculation certificate in Israel, for the purpose of higher education studies in Israel.

Aviad gave a concise description of the South African Jewish community, its amazing achievements and its profound challenges. Telfed’s CEO, Dorron Kline and Aviad explained to Carmit about the high standard of education that is to be found at the Jewish Day Schools of South Africa.

The result was a resounding vote of confidence in the Jewish Day School education system. “The South African matriculation certificate is fully recognized by the Israel Education Ministry and therefore recognized by all universities and colleges throughout Israel. If a university or college decides that a South African student needs to do a pre-academic preparatory programme or write the Psychometric exam, this is their own internal decision, based on the grades recorded on the matriculation certificate. There is therefore no difference between the recognition of the Israeli Bagrut matriculation certificate and the recognition of the South African matriculation certificate,” declared Carmit.

Both Aviad and Dorron were very pleased with the result of their meeting and see this as a further step in encouraging South African Jewish students to come and study in Israel after they finish matric. (Owing to Aviad’s efforts, all South African Jewish tourists can today receive a $9,100 MASA scholarship for their first year of university study in Israel. Needy students can then also apply to Telfed for SASI [South Africans Studying in Israel] accommodation scholarships for all three years of their Bachelor degree studies. Most universities in Israel offer select study tracks in English.)

Aviad concluded the meeting with an invitation to Carmit to come to visit South Africa in order to see the impressive Jewish educational facilities. 

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