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Knesset Asks High School Teachers to Halt Their ‘passive Strike’

Israel’s Parliament tonight called on the country’s high school teachers to halt their “passive strike” and to cease refusing to cooperate with school principals, due to a demand for higher salaries.

At the same time, the Knesset resolution, passed by a vote of 44 to 19, called on the Government to continue its efforts to mediate the dispute on salaries and restore normal conditions in the secondary schools.

The Association of High School Teachers, which recently broke away from the overall Teachers Union, is boycotting not only the principals but also the Ministry of Education, since the Ministry backed the Teachers Union. The high school teachers are refusing to fill out various required school reports.

The vote on the Knesset resolution, sponsored by the government coalition but rejected by every one of the opposition parties, was taken after a report to the Knesset by Education Minister Zalman Aranne.

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