BEIRUT: Caretaker Education Minister Akram Chehayeb Thursday told students to “go back to class” and end the strike they have been holding over the past few days.
“You’ve made your voices heard, now take this alternative advice ... return to your schools,” Chehayeb said during a televised news conference on Thursday, the 22nd consecutive day of anti-government protests.
School and university students have staged walkouts over the past few days, with hundreds protesting outside the Education Ministry in Beirut Thursday, calling for an end to corruption, the provision of affordable education and the creation of jobs.
Youth unemployment in Lebanon is estimated to be more than 35 percent.
Chehayeb said he respected the protests staged by the students, who he described as “the future of the country,” and encouraged them to remain united and stay away from confessionalism and sectarianism.
However, rather than miss lessons and “waste the school year,” the caretaker minister advised students to attend classes in the morning and take to the streets after school, in the afternoon.