The Be'er Sheva Parent Teacher Association announced that it would delay the opening of the upcoming school year due to the lack of bomb shelters for nearly 20 pre-schools in the city.
"We will not open the school year without a solution to the shelter situation in the schools," said Avner Bitton, the chairman of the PTA. "Four educational facilities were directly hit by Qassam or Grad rockets…for us, the writing is on the wall."
According to Bitton, the parents turned to the Ministry of Education several times, yet nothing was done. "The Education Ministry must assist in providing shelter. Since they are ignoring us, we will disrupt the beginning of the school year, as long as they are not committing to their promises. The ministry has previously promised us that it will provide shelter according to the findings of the Trajtenberg Report."
The Be'er Sheva municipality is placing the blame on the Home Front Defense Ministry, which in turn has placed the blame on the municipality and the Ministry of Education. In response to the announcement, the municipality stated that it hopes that the Education Ministry and the Home Front Defense Ministry will "find solutions to the problem."
The Home Front Defense Ministry also responded to the PTA announcement, stating that "just as the ministry is not responsible for the school maintenance or registration, it is also not responsible for its protection."
According to the Ministry of Education, the responsibility lies with Home Front Command.
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