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750,000 Children Start School Year in Israel; No ‘comprehensive’ Schools in 1967-68

The 1967 academic year opened in Israel’s schools yesterday. About 750,000 children entered the schools, including almost 50,000 first-graders and an equal number of children enrolled in kindergartens.

The fear of a partial teachers strike was averted when the Government announced that the opening of “comprehensive” schools had been postponed for a year. That step was taken on the initiative of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who said “this is not the time to start the school year with a serious conflict with the Teachers Union.”