Contract teachers protest in front of the education ministry in Beirut, Monday, June 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab remained adamant on holding official school exams, dismissing calls to postpone the tests from Speaker Nabih Berri as well as civil servants, who threatened an open-ended strike after a Parliament session on wage hike failed to achieve quorum.Parliament again Tuesday failed to meet to vote on the controversial wage hike bill that has been a key demand by the Union Coordination Committee for holding the exams.Bou Saab has already postponed Brevet exams from June 7 to June 12 and Baccalaureate exams from June 12 to June 16 and June 22 to June 27 .Before the failed legislative session, lawmakers held a flurry of meetings to resolve the salary increase deadlock, as the UCC stepped up pressure by taking its protest into the Education Ministry, days before official exams are due.The UCC pledged not to allow the tests to be conducted unless the wage hike was endorsed first.
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