Israel has banned online schools from offering education for Israeli children, following a nationwide outcry.
The ban is the latest move by Israel to protect the country’s educational system and halt the spread of cyber-bullying in schools, which are under constant attack from internet-based cyberbullies.
According to a report by the Israeli news site Maariv, Israel’s Minister of Education, Yair Lapid, ordered the suspension of all online schools in the country.
The schools are classified as private, and cannot be connected to the public internet.
“It’s a new and unprecedented action against online schools.
I am calling on the government to take action against those who are encouraging cyberbullying,” Lapid said.
The Minister said online schools that promote online bullying, “are a threat to Israel’s public education system”.
In a statement, the Education Ministry said: “As a general principle, education must be conducted in a safe environment for all students, regardless of their age, and that is why we are implementing a strict code of conduct and regulations for online schools.”
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, Lapid insisted that the ban was not aimed at online education providers.
“The law is not against online education.
But we must be vigilant and make sure that we are protecting the education system.
I don’t think the law is against online learning, but the people who are promoting it must be held accountable,” he said.
According, an online education platform called Digital Educational Education, which operates a range of online schools, said in a statement: “Digital Education does not condone bullying and we have never had any problem with our students.
We will continue to work hard to ensure our students are safe in the classroom.”
The government also said it would review its existing legislation and seek revisions from parliament, which is expected to approve a law later this month to ban online education by September.