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High school principals group head: Half of students are no-shows

Yehud Comprehensive High School students take their matriculation exams in Yehud on July 8, 2020. (Yossi Zeliger/ Flash90)
Yehud Comprehensive High School students take their matriculation exams in Yehud on July 8, 2020. (Yossi Zeliger/ Flash90)

The head of the high school principals’ union says close to half of all high school students are absent from class due to the current COVID wave.

Menashe Levi, chairman of the School Administrators Association, says about 50% of high school students are showing up: “Everyone is either getting, tested, in quarantine or decided not to come,” he tells Army Radio. “We don’t need to close every school, but we need to do it in a differential manner.”

Levi refutes a statement made earlier in the day cited by the director of the Education Ministry, who claimed that “the vast majority of students are learning as normal.”

“She is mistaken in her figures,” says Levi. “Some schools need to move to Zoom.”

As of yesterday, more than 42,000 schoolkids had COVID and another 85,000 were in quarantine due to exposure.

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