Minister of Education and Higher Education Abbas Al-Halabi announced that “the dialogue with the professors is continuing, and they have just demands and I share their entitlement.
Minister of Education and Higher Education Abbas al-Halabi listed the most prominent problems facing the school year, saying: “The problems that constitute obstacles to the return of students are well known, as there is a problem in securing electricity and heating in the winter, as well as in the price of books and stationery, in the cost of generators and in taking Precautions to prevent the spread of Corona in schools.
In an interview with “Electronic News”, Al-Halabi said: “These are all headlines, and since the first day I took over the ministry, I worked on trying to reduce them and their harm to enable the teacher and student to attend school, as well as to enable the school to work as close as possible to the situation. natural.”
He revealed that “this matter prompted him to address the external donor bodies to provide funds to cover the expenses of these matters and to give incentives for teachers to return as well, and he continues, “I also sought with the government and President Najib Mikati to find out the treasury’s ability to bear the burdens related to the educational file,” the latter adds, noting that “If I had not had concrete matters in my hands, I would not have set October 11 as the date for the return of schools, and I would not be able to reveal the details because some things have been prepared, while others are still being processed.”
When asked: Is it possible to postpone the return to school further?, he replied: “I do not intend at all to postpone the school year again.”
He believed that “the dialogue with the professors is continuing, and they have just demands and I share their entitlement, and we have made a joint violation by announcing the start of registration, and this is a step that was required for the arrival of aid from abroad.” As for the salary increase demanded by the professors, Al-Halabi considers that “their demands are known, and they have raised them in letters to me. But they know, as I know, that achieving all the demands is impossible. But meeting acceptable demands within the circumstances that surround us is their right.” .
He pointed out that “there is a line of dialogue always open with the professors, and my office is also open to them and my hand is extended to them.”
As for securing diesel and gasoline, which poses the most significant challenges for this year, Al-Halabi indicated that “Energy Minister Walid Fayyad does not have much potential to meet us, and we seek to provide funds to purchase these materials from the markets in order to secure the work of schools and educational institutions.”
Source: Al-Anbaa newspaper