Cross Posted on JoeSettler
On June 1, a Philosophy bogrut (matriculation exam) was given in the Beit Hannah-Chabad girls' school in Jerusalem, as it has been for decades.
A Ministry of Education proctor showed up to proctor the exam, as always.
But this time the proctor showed up very inappropriately dressed for a Chareidi school (apparently in pants and a tank-top).
The principal, Rabbi Asher Solomon welcomed the proctor into the school, but told her she can’t go into the girls classrooms dressed like that as they are a Chareidi school, and they are teaching their girls that a certain mode of dress is permitted and a certain mode isn’t.
Rabbi Solomon told the proctor that if she fixes her clothing she can go in, the proctor said there is nothing wrong with her clothing, and left.
In the decades that the bogruts have been given in this school, there have been almost no tests disqualified for cheating.
But the ministry (under Yuli Tamir guidance) in retaliation has disqualified all 243 exams that were given.
The only failing grades in this story go to the Ministry of Education and the Proctor.
By the way, this reminds me of the story a few years back of the girl who came for her driving test very minimally dressed. The Tester (not religious) refused to test her saying that her lack of clothing was very inappropriate (and as far as he was concerned, she came dressed that way to help her pass the test), and he wouldn’t test her until she put a shirt on. I believe it may have even gone to court. Either way, the girl had to take the test again, this time with clothing on.
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