The Union of Local Authorities on Monday warned of a wave of dismissals in the education system due to the expected cuts to the education budget, saying thousands of workers, including teachers, psychologists, secretaries and janitors, were set to lose their lobs. The union said it also expected that departments for youth development would close and that schooling costs would increase. Union of Local Authorities chairman Shlomo Buhbut held emergency consultations Monday and announced that a management meeting would be convened on Thursday. "The Education system is dying and the government is destroying it and making sure it kills it," said Buhbut. "Pupils' accomplishments are dropping and today we are at the bottom end of the rankings. How do you expect the students to succeed if the system around them is collapsing?" Buhbut said the cuts would deepen divides, shorten school days and send the education system down into the abyss. "We all agree that advancing education is a national priority and I'm therefore dismayed at the lack of responsibility of the government that is destroying education instead of advancing it," he said. Also Monday, MKs Ronit Tirosh (Kadima), Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), Ilan Gilon (Meretz), Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) and Masud Gnaim (UAL-Ta'al) wrote letters to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin urging him to include the issue of the expected cuts in education in the plenum session on the budget.