MP Ibrahim Kanaan and Education Minister Elias Bou Saab meet a teachers delegation at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Various political groups have agreed to include private school teachers in the wage hike, and private schools will not be allowed to illegitimately increase tuition fees, Lebanon's education minister said after a meeting between teachers and lawmakers Tuesday.It came six days after Parliament postponed action on the wage hike over protests, including the exclusion of private school teachers from the proposal.Having lobbied for the draft law as part of the Union Coordination Committee for three years, the private school teachers announced that the exclusion would ruin the recently launched academic year. Private school principals had warned that the increase of teachers' wages would lead to an immediate increase in tuition, which prompted parents to oppose the pay rise fearing it will be counterproductive to them.
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