University students resume classes

Agreement ends six-week strike; Negev college to be closed due to Kassams.

May 24, 2007 07:07
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University students across the country were expected to return to school on Thursday morning after student leaders accepted a government compromise on Monday night, ending a nearly six-week-long strike. The agreement - signed in Kiryat Ono, despite two attempts to disrupt the proceedings and ongoing opposition from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem university students - enables the students to discuss the Shochat Committee recommendations with government representatives before the cabinet approves them. It also freezes tuition for the upcoming 2007-2008 academic year at the current level of some NIS 8,600. In addition, it promises that the current semester will not be canceled and that students will not be penalized, despite having missed more than a third of the semester. However, the semester will be extended by two to four weeks to make up for the time lost in the strike. Meanwhile, the Home Front Command announced overnight Wednesday that classes at the Negev's Sapir College would not take place on Thursday due to the security threat posed by Kassam rocket fire. Haviv Rettig contributed to this report.

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