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Education minister concerned over fate of official exams

Prime Minister Tammam Salam meets with Education Minister Elias Bou Saab at the Grand Serail on Friday, May 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Education Minister Elias Bou Saab voiced concern once again Friday over the fate of official school examinations, saying teachers were adamant on their boycott.

"I hope that we can come to a solution to the salary scale issue before the exams are scheduled to begin on June 7," Bou Saab told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

Teachers have vowed to boycott monitoring and correcting the exams in protest of Parliament's failure to pass the long-awaited public sector wage hike.

The move came after a legislative session on the draft law was postponed Wednesday for another two weeks after several MPs failed to attend, thwarting a quorum.

As a result, Speaker Nabih Berri postponed it until June 10, three days after Grade 9 official exams are scheduled to start.

“The salary scale is an exit of the crisis we are facing today, and we are keen on passing the draft law as soon as possible,” Bou Saab said. "The boycott is still standing.”

Bou Saab also spoke about the issue of part-time professors at the Lebanese University, saying he discussed some reforms to improve conditions at the state-run college with the prime minister.

 

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