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Academic year begins in Palestine

Gaza: Academic year begins in Palestine [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

The new academic year launched in Gaza today under the theme "Year of Education in Jerusalem".

Some 3,030 schools reopened this year with 1.3 million students registered. Of those 2,212 are governmental including 1,811 are in the West Bank and 401 are in Gaza.

There are 451 private schools, 389 in the West Bank.

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Some 236 public schools operate a two shift system to accommodate the number of students registered.

There had been fears that UN schools in the occupied Palestinian Territories would be unable to operate this year due to the financial crisis facing UNRWA. However recent donations from Saudi Arabia and Japan have helped boast UNRWA's budget.

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