Students Can Retake Rocket-disrupted Exams, Says Education Ministry

Day-care centers lack sufficient staff to get toddlers into bomb shelters in time.

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Students taking the math matriculation exam in a bomb shelter on Thursday.
Students taking the math matriculation exam in a bomb shelter on Thursday. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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The Education Ministry will let students retake Thursday’s bagrut (matriculation) exam in math at a later date, due to the disruptions caused by the ongoing rocket fire.

In many southern towns, the exam was interrupted by rocket alarms, and in Sha’ar Hanegev, a rocket even landed near the school where the test was being held.

Thursday’s exam was what is known as moed bet – a second chance for students who were unhappy with how did on the initial exam, which was given earlier in the year. Now, because of the rocket fire, the ministry has decided to offer a third chance, which is tentatively scheduled to be on August 7. High-school seniors who cannot come on that date because they will have already started their army service will be given individualized solutions by their own schools, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, four organizations that run day-care centers – Na’amat, WIZO, Emunah and Herut Women – held an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the problems of centers that are continuing to operate despite being located in buildings without a bomb shelter. The organizations complained that they have sometimes received conflicting orders from local authorities and the Economy Ministry, with the latter ordering them to open and the former telling them not to do so.

In a letter to MK Orly Levi-Abekasis (Yisrael Beiteinu), chairwoman of the Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child, the organizations also requested that soldiers or national service volunteers be sent to assist the day-care centers during the emergency, because the existing staff is insufficient to get all the infants and toddlers – aged 3 and under – into a bomb shelter within the allotted time after a siren sounds.

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