Every fall as the school year is poised to begin, the threat of a teachers' strike looms on the horizon. This year, the recommendations of the Dovrat Committee on Educational Reform are at the heart of the negotiations between the teachers and the Ministry of Education. The committee was formed in the fall of 2004 to take an in-depth look at the overall educational system. When it completed its study earlier this year, the committee presented a comprehensive list of recommendations designed to raise the educational standards and help both students and teachers. Recommendations covered everything from extending the school day from four to seven hours, moving from a six- to a five-day school week, reducing the number of teachers and raising the educational requirements to teach, along with the salaries of those who meet the standards. The committee also recommended that schools fulfill a minimum state curriculum and that schools below a certain minimum enrollment not receive government funding. With less than a week before school is slated to begin, the negotiations continue.
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