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Netanyahu says all students to return to class in low-infection areas

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Schools will fully open in low-infection areas in the coming days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, adding that he will present a plan to extend the school year into the summer to make up for lost time.

The proposal was immediately opposed by teacher union leaders, while Netanyahu’s political rivals accused him of engaging in empty campaign promises.

Netanyahu said classes will resume in “green” and “yellow” areas with low-infection rates, including for grades 7-10, which had so far remained closed.

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He said that he, along with Education Minister Yoav Gallant, will bring a framework for extending the school year into July.

“There is a need to make up for the educational gaps that were created during this difficult year,” Netanyahu said. “We need to give every boy and girl in Israel the opportunity to make up what they missed. This is what Israeli children need, and what they deserve.”

The effort was part of a multi-step process to bring the education system out of the pandemic, the premier said.

He stressed that the government will protect the rights of teachers and make sure to pay them all required sums for the extended school year. According to Channel 12, teacher participation would be voluntary and teachers who agree to take part would be paid bonuses.

Netanyahu made the statement during a live speech at........

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