Edcuation Minister Elias Bou Saab contradicts his old agreement with the Union Coordination Committee by giving students statement of success.(The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Challenging the Union Coordination Committee's decision to boycott the grading of official exams, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab made a suspended decision Wednesday to give passing certificates to all students who applied.He criticized the "UCC's insistence on their demands regardless of the consequences," and said he expected harsh criticism from the unions because of his decision. However, he said this step will avoid causing harm to students and will put an end to the procrastination of finding a solution.Bou Saab said he had made a mistake earlier when he said that he would not give the statements to students.Due to the political deadlock in the country the Parliament is not expected to pass the ranks and salaries scale before at least one month, according to Bou Saab.The UCC had been rallying for the wage hike for three years now, calling for a 121 percent increase in salaries, as well as the enhancement of other benefits for civil servants.
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