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Contract teachers to be paid by end of month: rep.

Contract teachers in public schools burn their certificates during a demonstration to protest a lack of government action on their demands in front of the Education Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Contract secondary school teachers’ dues will be paid at the end of February, confirmed Hamzeh Mansour, the head of the committee representing contract teachers, but warned that their main demands had yet to be reached, threatening escalatory action if they remained unmet.

“Contract teachers' dues for this year will be paid at the end of the month after a delay of six months," Mansour said, according to the National News Agency.

He explained that "meetings with relevant [sides] at the education and finance ministries helped speed up the release [of the payments].”

Contract teachers at public schools have staged several demonstrations to reiterate their long-standing demand to be hired as full-time teachers. The teachers also oppose a round of open examinations that the Education Ministry is likely to hold in order to fill positions for full-time teachers in public schools.

Mansour said Monday that the struggle to gain full employment for contract teachers would continue.

“The big battle remains the continuing, arduous task of realizing our right to full employment and saving us from the cycle of debate and the linguistic procrastination coming from the ministry to delay the issue and prolong the humanitarian and educational crisis that has affected hundreds of contract workers,” he said.

Mansour said the committee had sent the advisor to the education minister proposals on the issue of full employment more than a month ago but that there had been no reply yet.

He warned that the teachers would take unspecified escalatory action should the committee not receive a reply by March 9, Teacher’s Day.

 

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