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Druze Town Scores Top High School Grades in Israel

JERUSALEM — 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 percent 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 percent from 2014.

The average graduation rate was 65 percent.

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

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 Thursday.


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