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Plan for 1st-2nd graders to attend school part-time lashed as ‘ludicrous’

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City officials on Monday lambasted the government’s decision to allow first and second grades to only reopen part-time starting next week, calling it a “ludicrous” decision that won’t enable parents of young children to go back to work.

Under the plan approved by ministers on Sunday evening, children in third and fourth grade will be divided into pods and resume studies five days a week from November 1, while those in first and second grade will be split into two groups that will alternate days and go to school only three times a week. Children in fifth grade and above will continue remote learning.

The Education Ministry had not planned on splitting first and second grades into pods and does not have the time or budget to double the number of teachers and instructional spaces, forcing the inelegant compromise to meet Health Ministry demands for smaller classes.

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Haim Bibas, the head of the national mayors union, called the decision “entirely ludicrous and disconnected,” according to Army........

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