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Shura Council approves passing certificates

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab is seen at the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The Shura Council Tuesday approved a government-backed decision by the Education Ministry to issue passing certificates for all students in light of a strike by teachers.

The council, a governmental body whose recommendations are non-binding, approved the move, which had previously only been used in Lebanon during the days of the 1975-1990 Civil War.

The council usually evaluates a government decision and the circumstances that prompted it.

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said his ministry would issue passing certificates for students who took the official final exams, after efforts to convince teachers to back down on their boycott of correcting the tests for Brevet and Baccalaureate students failed.

The Cabinet had supported Bou Saab’s decision to issue the certificates that would allow college-bound students to enroll in their universities on time.

Bou Saab has said that his move was a last resort to safeguard the school term and the future of over 100,000 students.

Striking teachers and the Union Coordination Committee criticized the minister’s decision, saying the move served as a blow to the quality of education in the country.

 

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