File - Education Minister Elias Bou Saab speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Monday, June 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The showdown between teachers and lawmakers reaches a climax Tuesday, as union leaders call for a general strike and demonstration at the Education Ministry to coincide with the time that correction committees have been called on to report for duty.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab has vowed that if too few teachers show up to grade tens of thousands of test, he will start issuing passing certificates, starting Wednesday, to all students who sat for the exams. The Union Coordination Committee, backed by several teachers' associations, announced that its members would stand firm in their decision to boycott grading until Parliament passed the new salary scale that would increase public sector salaries. However, several major political parties, including the Future Movement, the Progressive Socialist Party, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Amal Movement have called on teachers to abandon their boycott, even as some of them reiterated their support for educators' demands.
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