BEIRUT: The Lebanese University said Saturday that it would postpone exams for an additional two days in protest of the government's delay in meeting the demands of the institution and its professors.
“In light of the increasing number of contract professors which is now more than 75 percent - a violation of the legal text - the contractors have said they will boycott the exams and all academic work in protest,” LU deans and directors said in a statement.
“The deans and directors of the university met and decided to postpone exams in all Lebanese University faculties until Wednesday, June 11, and the university’s administration will follow up on the situation until we reach a solution.”
The board of deans at LU decided last week to postpone exams until June in protest of the government's failure to assign deans to the university council to replace the acting deans who have been in the post since 2004.
The university also demands that the government promote contract lecturers so that they gain the same benefits as full-time employees.
Professors have been on a strike to pressure the government, arguing that failure to appoint deans has led the council to lose much of its power, placing LU under the rule of its president and the education minister.
Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah urged the Cabinet Friday to immediately resolve the LU ordeal, saying professors and students alike should not be victims of "partisan or sectarian interests."
"Everyone should rise above their interest and resolve this matter," Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
The government is trying to achieve a sectarian balance in the appointments, and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement has vetoed the 300 or so hoping to become full-time professors.