Public school teachers clash with riot policemen during a protest outside the Education Ministry in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Tuesday postponed issuing passing certificates till the end of the week as the Union Coordination Committee decided to contact political parties in what could be considered a last-ditch attempt to break the salary raise deadlock.Bou Saab had previously vowed that if teachers continued to boycott the grading, his department would issue passing certificates to all students who had taken exams.Bou Saab's agreement with the UCC came hours after members of the union, protesting outside the Education Ministry, accused the minister of sowing divisions among the teachers body. Speaking after a lengthy meeting with a UCC delegation, Bou Saab said that he had postponed issuing passing certificates for Grade 9 and Grade 12 students and had asked teachers to stop putting together grading criteria, as a result of the UCC's demands.In defiance of the UCC's boycott, some teachers entered the Education Ministry to heed Bou Saab's call for putting together grading criteria as a prelude to start marking the official exams.Bou Saab showed up among the crowd and urged teachers to respect the rule of law.UCC head Hanna Gharib accused Bou Saab of causing a division among teachers.
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