Report exposes high dropout rates among Haredi students

For every 100 ultra-Orthodox men who walk onto a college campus tailored for their community in pursuit of an undergraduate degree, 76 will walk away long before graduation, according to a damning state comptroller report released this week, writes Marissa Newman for The Times of Israel.

Since 2011, the Israeli government has invested over ILS550 million (US$154 million) and earmarked over ILS1.1 billion (US$308 million) more through 2022 for academic programmes for the ultra-Orthodox community, in a blitz designed to integrate Haredim into the Israeli workforce.

The cash boost precipitated the rapid establishment of dozens of tracks of study for ultra-Orthodox men and women across the country, largely in gender-segregated settings, many of which were formed as offshoots of universities and private colleges. But while the number of ultra-Orthodox students in college programmes has nearly doubled in eight years, three-quarters of men, and over half of women, quit before obtaining their degrees, according to the ombudsman report, which underlined a series of failings.
Full report on The Times of Israel site