Minister Elias Bou Saab, right, speaks with MP Ali Bazzi at the Education Ministry in Beirut, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said he had agreed with the Union Coordination Committee Tuesday night to postpone official exams for one day in a last-ditch deal that averted a confrontation between the two sides.The deal, reached following a marathon meeting between Bou Saab and UCC officials that lasted until midnight Tuesday, came after Parliament had failed to discuss the wage hike bill, the UCC's key demand for holding official tests. The correction of exams and announcing results were unresolved pending Parliament's action on the wage hike bill, an aspect both Bou Saab and Gharib highlighted.Due to a lack of quorum, Berri Tuesday postponed a Parliament session on the controversial wage hike bill, which is at the root of the standoff between the UCC and Bou Saab, to June 19 .Berri urged Bou Saab to postpone official school exams for Grade 9 and Grade 12 students.Earlier in the day, Bou Saab remained adamant on holding the exams Thursday, dismissing calls to postpone them by the UCC, which threatened an open-ended strike after the Parliament session on the wage hike failed to achieve quorum.
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