Bou Saab: Fate of Lebanese University, Students Will Be in Danger if Dispute is Not Resolved

The cabinet failed on Thursday in resolving the pending disputes linked to granting Lebanese University teachers full-time employment, prompting Education Minister Elias Bou Saab to issue a warning over the fate of the institution and its students.

The minister warned: “The fate of the university and its students will be in danger if this issue is not settled.”

He made his remarks after a cabinet session that was held at the Grand Serail and chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

“We still have hope that the LU file will be resolved,” he said, revealing that the premier had pledged to address the issue during the upcoming cabinet session, scheduled for July 9.

Moreover, Bou Saab added that thousands of teachers are seeking full-time employment at the university, “but only those with proper credentials will be granted their wish.”

He stressed that he will present a detailed report on the needs of the Lebanese University during next week's cabinet session.

“The case of the LU has been met with political objections, but I will continue with this affair until it is resolved,” he stated.

Contract employees at the university have repeatedly demanded that they be granted full-time employment.

They have staged numerous protests and strikes to press their demands.

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