Druze town has top high school matriculation rate in Israel

(JTA) – A Druze town in northern Israel for the second straight year had the highest rate of students passing the high school matriculation exam.

Some 99 per cent of students in Beit Jann, located in the Galilee, received their diplomas, or Bagrut certification, in 2015, according to Education Ministry figures released Monday. The rate was up 4.6 per cent from 2014.

The average graduation rate was 65 per cent.

The haredi Orthodox town of Modiin Ilit was last with 7.33 per cent.

Noting the weak performance of many haredi towns, The Times of Israel cited minimal high school attendance rates in those communities as part of the reason.

The ministry released the figures in advance of the school year, which starts in most communities on Sept. 1.

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