Public school teachers protest outside the Education Ministry in Beirut, Tuesday, August 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Tuesday postponed issuing passing certificates for Grade 9 and Grade 12 students by one week.Hanna Gharib, head of the Union Coordination Committee, which organized the rally, had accused Bou Saab of causing a division among teachers.Nearly three hours into the protest, Bou Saab announced that the committees for Mathematics, History, English and Civics "had begun laying the groundwork for grading the exams". But the education minister said that shortly afterward he ordered the committees to stop work in response to the UCC plea. Bou Saab had vowed Monday that if too few teachers show up to grade tens of thousands of tests, he would start issuing passing certificates, starting Wednesday, to all students who took the exams.
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