Education Minister Elias Bou Saab speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Monday, June 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Union Coordination Committee is poised for a confrontation with the education minister over official exams after it warned Sunday against holding the tests without teachers as it called for massive participation in a two-day strike.The UCC defied Education Minister Elias Bou Saab's decision to hold official exams Thursday even if a Parliament session set for Tuesday failed to approve the wage hike bill. It vowed not to allow the exams to be conducted unless the public sector's salary increases were endorsed first. Responding to the UCC's warning, Bou Saab said he was determined to hold the exams Thursday, denying plans to privatize the official tests.The UCC's two-day nationwide strike for Monday and Tuesday is part of its efforts to pressure Parliament into approving the wage hike bill.Defying Bou Saab's decision, Gharib said the UCC would not allow anyone to prepare the exams or monitor or correct them.
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