Parents pick up their kids from a school in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The public sector's controversial salary scale has sent shivers down the spines of families of private school students who staunchly oppose the wage hike because it could lead to raise in already-high tuition fees.Committees representing parents of children attending Catholic schools across Lebanon accuse the government and private school teachers unions of using their children as "hostages" in their years-old confrontation with the state to attain salary hike. Enraged by repeated calls for strikes and demonstrations the parents committees are planning to file a lawsuit against Nehme Mahfoud, the head of the Private School Teachers Union, for using their children to pressure the government into approving the salary scale, according to Toni Nissi, general coordinator of the parents committees of Catholic schools in the Metn region. Mustafa al-Dana lashed out at the salary scale proposal, saying it would prompt private schools to raise tuition fees once it was approved by Parliament.
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