Education Minister Elias Bou Saab attends a ceremony in Beirut, Friday, July 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab's decision to pin the blame on premier Tammam Salam and his government for not having resolved the Lebanese University contract teachers issue is merely a tactic to divert attention from his own failures in the dispute, according to well-informed sources.Bou Saab wants to give full-time status to approximately 1,200 contract professors – an increase on the original 700 – including many who do not have the necessary academic qualifications, sources said, something that would financially burden the state. According to the sources, Bou Saab's proposal is something many ministers cannot agree to, as indicated during the most recent Cabinet session, and these ministers are not expected to change their stance anytime soon. The sources said Bou Saab should reconsider the Lebanese University file and take into consideration the need for consensus among all ministers rather than allowing the current state of conflict to continue.
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