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Education crisis in Lebanon

Education crisis in Lebanon

Beirut, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Education in Lebanon is in crisis due to the economic deterioration and the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by the non-governmental organization Save The Children, reviewed today by The Daily Star.
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The NGO’s report ranks the nation among the 100 countries most at risk in the educational sector due to political and food insecurity, as well as the consequences of the explosion in the port of Beirut and the pressure of a million Syrian refugees.

Last August, the then Education Minister Tarek Majzoub promised that the school year would see face-to-face teaching, after two school years interrupted by Covid-19, although a postponement was announced for the start of the school year which was scheduled for this Monday.

The decision to delay the start of the school year is due to a dialogue between officials and teachers, while the latter are demanding better salary conditions and transportation to work.

In the face of a notorious fuel shortage, the panorama shows long lines in front of gas stations to fill up, in spite of price increases due to the elimination of subsidies.

While plans are underway to improve supply, including deliveries of hydrocarbons from Iraq, Iran and a UN initiative to relieve the situation of essential medical facilities, there is no long-term and definitive solution in sight.

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