BEIRUT: Education Minister Elias Bou Saab will announce its decision on the fate of official exams in a press conference at the Education Ministry Saturday, despite a plea by striking teachers to delay the move, the National News Agency said Friday.
“Education Minister Elias Bou Saab will hold a press conference in his office in the ministry at 13:00 Saturday to announce his final decision regarding the official exams,” NNA said.
A deadline that Bou Saab gave to striking teachers to end their boycott of grading the tests expires Saturday.
Earlier Friday, Nehme Mahfoud , head of the Association of Private School Teachers, said he has urged Bou Saab to delay issuing of passing certificates for Grade 9 and Grade 12 students.
“I have asked the education minister to postpone the issuance of certificates pending outcome of a meeting between [Parliament Speaker Nabih] Berri and MP Bahia Hariri,” Mahfoud told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.
Union leaders have said they will wait for Thursday’s meeting between Berri and Hariri to decide whether to call off the proposed boycott of official exam grading for Brevet and Baccalaureate students.
Mahfoud told The Daily Star Thursday that Hariri conveyed a “positive message” during her meeting with Bou Saab and the Union Coordination Committee.
Hariri reportedly reiterated the promise made by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri that the salary scale would be passed by Parliament soon.