BEIRUT: Official exams for Grades 9 and 12 will be held on time, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab announced Friday.
“We’re considering delaying the academic year by one week, but official exams will be held on the dot,” Bou Saab told a news conference following a meeting the Union Coordination Committee.
However, he said a final decision would be made after the May 27 Cabinet meeting.
Bou Saab assured students as well as parents that there would be “no more [union] strikes until the end of the school year.”
“If we were not able to hold official exams, students won’t be able to enroll in universities,” he warned.
Nehme Mahfoud, head of the Private Schools Teachers Association, interrupted Bou Saab to assure students that the UCC supported them.
“UCC is keen on the students’ rights more than anyone,” he said at the joint news conference.
UCC head Hanna Gharib, who also attended the press conference, said the union would “be a rescue ship for the country in order to give both students and teachers their rights.”
Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday adjourned discussions on the public salary scale to May 27 after MPs failed to agree on how to finance it, as thousands of public school teachers and civil servants rallied to urge lawmakers to pass the bill.
Gharib had rejected any compromise over the draft salary scale.