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High schoolers return to classrooms, but principals say most studies stay online

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Around 400,000 Israeli high schoolers were set to return to the classroom on Sunday morning after a break of nearly two months.

Under the Health Ministry’s plan, students will have at least two days a week of in-person studying, combined with remote learning on the remaining days.

Restrictions dividing students into separate study groups mean that teachers will be permitted to come in contact with up to four groups of students, and the students themselves to move between only two groups. High school principals have warned that the regulations mean that the majority of studies for individual subjects will therefore have to continue remotely.

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Additionally, schools have continued to demand a reduction in the number of matriculation exams that students are supposed to take, saying that a one-month postponement is not sufficient given the disruption of the past year, the Kan public broadcaster reported. Furthermore, the Education Ministry was said to be examining the possibility of further reducing the amount of material that is required to be studied for the exams. High school students take a matriculation examination in Yehud, July 8, 2020 (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

One principal said that although he and his colleagues were given advance warning about the system, it was simply impossible to implement a system that would........

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