A mother who wants to move her daughter from a school at which the girl is desperately unhappy to another school in Tel Aviv has found herself embroiled in bureaucracy, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The municipality is apparently preventing the move because taking the girl out would reduce her class numbers below the minimum required and force the school to close a class.
According to the report, the girl, a student at the Moshe Sharett school in her Neveh Sharett neighborhood, has regularly suffered harassment and humiliation by other children in her class. "I decided, out of a desire to protect the physical and emotional health of my daughter, to take her out of that school," the mother said.
In January this year, she requested a transfer to the Ramat Hahayal school, but was refused. In subsequent months she appealed to municipal managers and the Education Ministry, but has been repeatedly turned down. A municipal spokesman said children must attend their local neigborhood school unless there are "justified reasons" for a transfer, and the mother had not provided these.
But the report said a letter from the ministry showed that the real reason for the refusal was that taking the girl out would force her class to close for lack of students. "From the arguments of the municipality, it emerges that the removal of students from the Moshe Sharett school is likely to bring about the closure of a class," the ministry letter said.