Friday, October 16, 2015

British Agency Orders Government Funded Jewish High School To Change Admission Requirement

In Britain, the government's Office of the Schools Adjudicator has required London's Hasmonean High School, a government-funded Orthodox Jewish high school, to change its admission requirements.  The Jewish Press reports that OSA's action comes in response to a complaint from parents about the requirement that a rabbi certify that students' families have observed at least 3 of 5 specific religious requirements during the past year.  One of the 5 is the observance of the laws of family purity. The OSA held that this inquiry could be embarrassing or intrusive for some families and could not be assessed objectively.