Minister Ali Hasan Khalil arrives to speaks at a news conference in Beirut, March 5, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Friday signed off on a check to pay the late salaries of contracted primary and secondary school teachers, he announced via Twitter.According to Nisrine Chahine, the head of a committee for contracted teachers, the more than seven month delay in payment was mainly due to poor communication between the relevant administrations. She said a centralized electronic system that logs hours worked was needed to connect schools to the Education Ministry, to then pass the information efficiently to the Finance Ministry. Unlike full-time teachers, those who are contracted are hired for a certain number of hours each week based on a given school's needs, and may be assigned to work in multiple schools.
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