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Parents call school strike over crowded classrooms

Association theatens to continue action next year if class sizes not brought under control

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of Israeli first-grade students  (Edi Israel/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Israeli first-grade students (Edi Israel/Flash90)

Parents across the country are being encouraged not to send their children to elementary school on Sunday, as part of a growing protest over classroom size.

The strike was called by a school parents committee, which warned that if the number of children in each class is not kept to 32 or less it would prevent the opening of the next school year in September, Israel Radio reported.

Israeli elementary schools are scheduled to begin summer vacation on July 1.

Parents have been holding protests — dubbed “sardine protests” — in several central Israeli cities against overcrowded classrooms, which they say have ballooned to 40 children or more in some cases.

The Education Ministry said in a statement that classes will go ahead as usual on Sunday and called on parents to send children to school and “to not give in to pressure.”

The ministry noted that it is in constant talks with representatives from the National Parents Association to find the best solution for the pupils.

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