Thousands of Bedouin high-school students went on strike Tuesday, protesting the run-down conditions of their schools’ infrastructure.
The students directed their complaints to the local authorities, who in turn claim they are passing on all the funds they can.
Over 5,000 students have stopped going to school, as parents and student bodies complain about an ongoing list of problems that need to be fixed. “Our children suffer both in the summer and the winter,” head of the parents union Mari El-Sana told Ynet news, adding there was a shortage of classrooms, overflowing sewage and no paper to print on.
Students also complained about the route on which they travel to school, saying it is not properly paved, forcing them to walk through mud. They also demanded working air conditioning, saying that it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.
Head of the Lakiya regional council Khaled El-Sana told Yedioth Ahronoth the council was transferring all the requested funds, adding that some of the problems related to the infrastructure require special attention.