The Lebanese University campus in Hadath, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir )
BEIRUT: Lebanese University professors Monday announced a two-day strike on May 27 and 28 to protest the government’s failure to appoint new deans and upgrade the status of contract professors to full-timers.
The LU faculty has called for appointing deans to the university’s council and for meeting the long-standing demand of contract teachers to become permanent staff.
Over the weekend, the head of the Lebanese University, Adnan Sayyed Hussein, called for a one-day strike this week, after the Cabinet failed to endorse the demands of the state-owned educational institution.
Sayyed Hussein said the strike comes in line “with the attempt to hold back the academic role of the university’s contract teachers and obstruct the university’s council by various governments for the last 10 years.”
Acting deans have been serving on the council since 2004, stripping the body of its power and giving authority instead to the LU president and the education minister.
The government is trying to achieve sectarian balance before making the appointments.
Unlike permanent staff, contract professors are paid their salaries once every two years and do not have the right to enroll in the National Social Security Fund. These professors hold doctorates and have been teaching at LU for years.
The story originally stated that contract professors would hold a strike on May 27-28. In fact, fulltime professors were the ones who vowed to observe the strike.
The Daily Star regrets the error.
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