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All of East Jerusalem’s 24 Elementary Schools Now Open; Attendance Near 50%

The last two of East Jerusalem’s 24 elementary schools opened yesterday with attendance just under 50 percent, officials reported today. Other schools reported that attendance was continuing to rise with an overall average of 80 percent attendance.

That total is only slightly less than was averaged when the area was under Jordanian control before the June war. The Jordanians have a compulsory schooling law, but it was largely unenforced in East Jerusalem.