Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, left, speaks with MP Ibrahim Kanaan as they leave the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, April 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Differences among lawmakers remained an obstacle to the approval of the public sector wage hike Friday, as teachers vowed to uphold their boycott of grading official exams with no end in sight for the yearslong ordeal.UCC head Hanna Gharib vowed that teachers would boycott correcting official exams until the wage hike was approved.Students in Lebanon need to pass Grade 12 official exams to enroll at university and Grade 9 exams to enter high school.The UCC has been rallying for the new wage hike for three years now, opposing an increase to the VAT and demanding the government institute reforms to combat corruption, which Gharib has said would easily finance the pay raise.
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