The PTA of an elementary school PEAK in Petah Tikva announced on 1 September a strike of the students due to the fact that the city authorities have postponed scheduled school repairs and passed a part of the school buildings, the ultra-Orthodox organization, leaving first-graders learn in «caravans».
School «PIKA» in Petah Tikva was founded 130 years ago and is Israel’s first secular school. The school has about 600 children. At the same time, according to parents, the school is in very poor condition: the Playground is no roof, the school lacks about 10 restrooms, and children have to use toilets in the school yard, including in the rain and slush.
Repairs planned at the school this summer, the city authorities have postponed for 2019.
About it parents of students found out after the pressure of the PTA and to the local community, the municipality of Petah-Tikva reversed its decision to place on school grounds 4 «caravan» for the ultra-Orthodox kindergarten.
The press service of the municipality of Petah-Tikva in response to the request of edition NEWSru.co.il said that in connection with shortage of places in the next school planned to temporarily accommodate on-site «PEAK» three classes and make repairs in areas which subsequently will benefit the students of the school of «PEAK».
«However, due to resistance of the parent Committee, the plan was cancelled and you need repair work has disappeared», — stated in the press service of the city hall.
At the same time, two weeks after the cancellation of this decision, the parent Committee has learned that several school buildings, previously expropriated by the municipality for offices of municipal services will be given to ultra-Orthodox amute the «Beit Yaakov» and the first «PEAK» will continue to study in the «caravans».
One of the parents of students of the school of «PEAK» and social activist Yoav Prokofyev explained edition NEWSru.co.il that the parents consider unacceptable the education of children in caravans, which are poorly cooled in the summer and poorly heated in winter. According to Prokofiev, parents of schoolchildren are outraged that freed from the offices of the municipal services building are transmitted under class school students «PEAK», but an organization that has no school, nothing. Because, as he told our editorial Prokofiev, the city authorities do not react to the demands of parents, the parent Committee decided to start the school year with strikes. September 1, at 7 a.m., parents come to the school with posters, and the school day will be canceled.
The press service of the municipality of Petah Tikva, said that «the demands of the parents were transmitted to the appropriate authorities and we will act according to their recommendations, but not under the threat of a strike declared without any reason».
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