Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton told Channel 12 that she fired the office’s chief executive, Yigal Slovik, this week after about six months on the job due to a ‘loss of trust’ in him.
“He didn’t hurt me, but he hurt the office and the staff,” Shasha-Biton told the network.
“I took a professional, and he got a little confused along the way because education is not the military. It should be handled differently, not by commands,” she says.
Slovik was not appointed until June, when a new government was sworn in. He previously headed the Ground Forces Personnel Division.
Rumors had circulated that Slovik’s sacking was partly due to his not accepting Shasha-Biton’s positions on a number of issues and policies.
Shasha-Biton, a member of the right-wing New Hope party, was particularly outspoken in her criticism of much of the government’s approach to coronavirus.
She denies that her views on the handling of COVID-19 in the education system are linked to Slovik’s dismissal.