File - Students attend their official exams at a school in Beirut, Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Parents and students voiced frustration Monday over the standoff between teachers and the government that has threatened to derail official exams, expressing hope that the decision to delay testing would open the door for a resolution.While most who spoke to The Daily Star supported the Union Coordination Committee's demand that the government approve a public sector wage hike, they were nearly unanimous in denouncing the decision to boycott exam grading if the salary scale was not passed, with one parent likening the strike to a hostage standoff. Earlier in the day, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab announced that Brevet and Baccalaureate exams for Grade 9 and Grade 12 students would be postponed for five days in the hopes that Parliament will pass the new salary scale on June 10 .Lynn Abdel Malak, a veteran teacher at College Protestant Francais, said she was sympathetic to the stress placed on parents, but she was resolute in backing the movement.
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