This came in statements to reporters today, Friday, after a meeting on ways to start the new school year, chaired by Prime Minister Najib Mikati and in the presence of the Ministers of Finance Youssef Khalil, Communications Johnny Al-Qarm, Health Firas Al-Abyad, Energy Walid Fayyad, Public Works and Transport Ali Hamiya and a number of officials.
Al-Halabi confirmed the government’s insistence on starting the new school year on the eleventh of this month after it was postponed from last September 27, stressing that there are many needs for students to attend schools; Including securing fuel, transporting students, teachers and the administrative body, providing the necessary health protection, and starting the comprehensive vaccination process for all members of the educational sector, in addition to providing the Internet on the day designated for distance learning, which is only one day per week, while examining the possibility of meeting teachers’ demands.
Al-Halabi said that the meeting confirmed the eligibility of the demands of the educational authority, and the cost of these demands was discussed, in light of the working paper presented by the meeting.
He called on teachers and school administrations to register students, stressing that early next week he would invite representatives of teachers, educational unions and contractors to a meeting to present the details of the support that the educational sector received this year from donors and the Lebanese government.
He stressed that registering students at all levels of education is a necessary condition for Lebanon to obtain grants, stressing that donors always ask about registration data that the ministry has not yet had.