Hanna Gharib speaks to contract teachers at the Education Ministry in Beirut, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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As unions and politicians continue to exchange barbs over the wage scale, teachers Tuesday prepared for a long night inside the Education Ministry to protest Parliament's failure to pass the polarizing bill.Around 300 teachers gathered Tuesday morning to demonstrate outside the ministry in UNESCO before entering around 9 a.m. and setting up camp for the day.Around 9:30 p.m., Bou Saab called in some of the students there to meet with him privately. Once they re-emerged, they said that the minister assured them the exams would be held Thursday. One student who was in the meeting accused Bou Saab of bringing the students to play them off against the others at the protest. He said the minister told them it was the teachers who were holding them hostage. After 18 years without a wage scale increase, teachers are demanding a wage hike of 121 percent.
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