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Teachers Strike Keeps Some One Million Kids out of Schools

There were no classes today for more than one million Israeli school children as teachers staged a one-day strike to protest the government’s failure to implement long promised wage increases.

The Cabinet, at its regular weekly meeting yesterday, referred the matter back to the ministers of finance and education without deciding how to finance the improvements in teachers’ salaries and status recommended several years ago by a special committee set up to study the issue.

The teachers accused the ministers of tossing the matter back and forth while they vaccilated and threatened further protest action if no progress is made. Finance Minister Yoram Aridor was to meet with Education Minister Zevulun Hammer late today to discuss the situation.

Meanwhile, high school students were unable to take an examination in English literature required for matriculation.