Senior Gov't Officials Meet in Attempt to End Teachers' Strike

High school principals: Cancel winter matriculation exams, not enough time to prepare students for upcoming exams.

Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini met Tuesday with Education Minister Yuli Tamir and with Finance Minister Roni Bar On, in an attempt to advance negotiations with the striking teachers.

Prior to the meeting, Eini met with Israel Teachers Union secretary general Yossi Wasserman and with the head of the Secondary School Teachers Association (SSTA) Ran Erez. Finance ministry representatives are also due to meet with the teachers' union, but both sides estimate that the meeting won't bring a breakthrough in talks.

On Monday, the Association of High School Principals urged the Education Ministry to cancel the winter matriculation exams, due to the ongoing high school teachers' strike.

"If the strike doesn't end today or tomorrow, we won't be able to prepare the students for the exams," said Dr. Arye Locker, who heads the association.

Also Monday, the treasury asked the Labor Court to schedule another hearing on its request for back-to-work orders. However, the court will decide whether to do so only sometime after noon on Thursday - the deadline it has given both sides to submit progress reports on the talks. And even then, it implied that it might not do so unless the SSTA agreed.