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Bou Saab mulls decision for college-bound students

This file photo shows Education Minister Elias Bou Saab (R) and UCC head Hanna Gharib (C) during a rally at Riad Solh Square. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Wednesday pledged to settle the issue over university-bound students, which is tied to the thorny salary raise crisis.

“Starting from today until Eid al-Fitr, a decision must be made to allow students to enter university,” Bou Saab told a rally outside the Education Ministry in Beirut.

It was not clear how registration can be made amid a decision by the Union Coordination Committee to tie the correction of official exams to the approval of the wage hike.

Lebanese students are required to pass the state-run Baccalaureate exam in Grade 12 before they can receive their diplomas and enroll in university.

Bou Saab said he would “explain” how students can join college after a noontime meeting with the UCC, a coalition of private and public school teachers, and public sector employees.

He stressed that the UCC is engaged in any decision-making.

Students however, spoke out against the government.

“We blame the state and we hold it fully responsible for the delay of our certificates and for any harm to our academic year,” said a student in a speech on behalf of fellow high school graduates.

She called for a massive student turnout at the next protest in a show of support.

“We have no choice but to take action. We don’t know if we will get our certificates, or if we will join universities!” she said angrily, while calling on parents to allow their children to take part in future rallies.

“If nothing new happens, [students] will have to go down to the streets ... because they need their certificates in order to move on with their life and build for their future.”





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