Khoury insists the curriculum and quality of teaching will be the same in both the morning and afternoon shifts.
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As Lebanon prepares to begin a new school year, conditions have perhaps never been more difficult in this century for the country's education system.However, many children in Lebanon, a large number of them Syrian refugees, remain out of school.The ministry is leading efforts to provide education to as many students as possible, in its Reaching All Children with Education program. This will partly be done through nonformal education, which aims at properly preparing children to enter the formal Lebanese system.According to Khoury, the number of schools implementing the shift system, and therefore accepting more refugee students, has increased from 144 last year to 259 this year.The shift system has received criticism in the past, with reports that morning classes were not filled to maximum capacity and a perception among some refugee parents that classes in the afternoon (made up of Syrian students) were not of as good quality as those in the morning. The international education campaign A World At School said Thursday that $30 million is needed for this school year in Lebanon.
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