The Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, received the Secretary-General of Catholic Schools, Father Youssef Nasr, at the head of a delegation from the General Secretariat, in the presence of the Director-General of Education, Fadi Yarak. The ability of parents to carry additional burdens, while educational institutions stand between operational and living requirements and the cry of parents.”
The delegation called for “state intervention by allocating part of the money received from the International Monetary Fund to the private educational sector, similar to the official sector.”
The delegation also presented “the issue of ratios in Law 515, which was overturned due to the high exchange rate and the need to secure operating expenses from outside the budget.” He also raised the issue of the six degrees and the retroactive effect and the difficulty of applying it in the free schools, given the arrears that these schools have with the treasury. He also presented various issues such as taxes, fees, insurance contributions, compensation fund and many others, and legal ways and possible measures to be taken were discussed.
The Minister of Education presented the atmosphere of contacts and ongoing meetings with donors and international organizations, calling for “strengthening communication between institutions, the teachers’ union and parents, in order to preserve the continuity of education and the sustainability of institutions.”
He revealed that he will meet with the Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Al-Rahi, to follow up on the educational situation with him.
Then Al-Halabi received MP Ali Bazzi on a congratulatory visit.
Al-Halabi met with the World Bank mission headed by Saroj Kumar Gah, in the presence of Fadi Yarak, and the discussion dealt with the issue of returning to schools and providing the ingredients for return and possible incentives to ease the burdens on institutions, teachers and parents and ensure a safe school year.
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