BEIRUT: The head of the Beirut Traders Association and the Association of Teachers of English in Lebanon volunteered to correct and proctor official exams on Tuesday, after parliament’s session failed to meet the UCC’s requests in resolving the salary scale issue.
Head of the Beirut Traders Association Nicolas Chammas volunteered Tuesday to aid in the correction of official exams, after the UCC’s boycott called on teachers to abstain from correcting and proctoring students’ tests.
According to a statement released by the Beirut Traders Association, Chammas offered his personal services in order to ensure the smooth flow of the academic year. Chammas also signaled that the entire board of directors was also willing to contribute to the initiative.
Chammas holds a BA from the American University of Beirut as well as advanced degrees from both MIT and Harvard, qualifying him to contribute to correction processes alongside specialists in the field.
The union head called on all qualified personnel to join in breaking the stalemate, and condemned what he referred to as the “UCC’s educational black mail.”
According to the statement, Chammas’s offer was inspired by his own work toward economic and social stability, which he believes is centered on future generations.
On behalf of the Association of Teachers of English in Lebanon, the organizations head Dr. Rene Karam expressed the willingness of all members to contribute to exam correction and monitoring, in a press conference given at Furn al-Shubbak Tuesday.
Karam called on teachers to reconsider the mode and content of the UCC’s requests, pointing out the committee’s clear failure in achieving results over the past 2 years.
“The current strategy used by the UCC will lead to an increase in taxes and prices, and will consequently result in more inflation,” said Karam, pointing out that the solution requires a reconsideration of financial and economic policy.
He also proposed policies that would call for free education in Lebanon, as well as merging both public and private educational sectors into one common structure.