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Education Minister Calls on MPs to Attend Pay Hike Session: Official Exams a Priority

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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab urged lawmakers on Saturday to attend next week's parliamentary session to approve the new pay hike.

“Our priority is to stage the official exams,” Bou Saab told reporters at the General Directorate of Technical Education in Dikwaneh after talks with the Federation of Private Educational Institutions.

He revealed that he will hold talks with several parliamentary blocs ahead of Tuesday's session to urge lawmakers to attend it and approve the new wage scale.

The tour will include head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc Fouad Saniora, he said.

“If the parliament fails to endorse the pay hike draft-law we will plunge into a crisis, which is linked to the whole society,” warned Bou Saab, who is loyal to the Free Patriotic Movement.

He added that the FPM's stance regarding the matter is “clear.”

“All parliamentary blocs should assume their responsibility,” Bou Saab said.

The minister said that the “crisis can no longer endure further delay... We support the demands of the teachers... But we are also interested in preserving the interests of the students.”

He expressed understanding to “any stance that would be taken by the Syndicate Coordination Committee if the draft-law wasn't approved,” holding the state “responsible” for any escalatory measures.

The SCC is a coalition of private and public school teachers and public sector employees.

“We will not give up our role in carrying out the official exams, which will take place even if it was in an unprecedented manner.”

On Wednesday, the SCC declared a general strike at all ministries and public institutions on June 9 and 10, holding “the MPs who obstructed legislation for several months” responsible for a possible postponement of official school exams.

The differences on the pay raise have led to wide range protests and strikes by public sector employees and teachers who are holding onto a 121 percent increase in their salaries.

But the ministerial-parliamentary committee has proposed to reduce the total funding from LL2.8 trillion ($1.9 billion) to LL1.8 trillion ($1.2 billion).



Comments 3
Thumb geha 07 June 2014, 13:28

actually it was an error for m14 to join this cabinet before any change in hizbushaitan attitude. they put themselves into this mess, m14 should have left them to handle it.

elect a president before anything else.

Missing coolmec 07 June 2014, 13:32

the whole country is a mess due to M8 and m14. both are corrupt and only protect their pockets. Lebanon's interest is the least of their problems

Missing politik_buro 07 June 2014, 13:36

Yep, amen to that, and still nobody sees it. The flocks still gather and clap, the tribes still shout blood and murder, and the moderates are too weak to do anything about anything. Lebanon, a country that has never been, a country that will never be as long as people follow mafiosos because they were born into a certain sect, or in a certain region. I wonder when will people wake up