Bou Saab believes there is time before June 7 to find a solution to the crisis. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The education minister said Tuesday that official school exams would be held on time as long as the public sector salary hike is passed before they begin, urging lawmakers to treat the risk of disruption with the "utmost importance".Bou Saab called the news conference to discuss the exam situation following the lack of a Parliament session Tuesday after March 14 MPs and lawmakers from the Change and Reform bloc failed to attend, preventing a quorum from being achieved and thus dashing the last chance to put an end to years of discussion over the pay hike before the exams begin.He adjourned Tuesday's abortive session until June 10 .The boycotting MPs said they would only attend parliamentary sessions regarding matters of high interest, prompting Bou Saab to urge all blocs to consider the salary scale a matter of "national interest" in light of the possible consequences on schools. Bou Saab has called for the council to be given the right to make its own decisions.The committee is scheduled to meet with Bou Saab soon as well.
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