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Diab meets with a delegation from the Secondary Teachers Association

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Diab meets with a delegation from the Secondary Teachers Association
Lebanon News
Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab received on Friday at the Grand Serail, Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Charbel Wehbe, accompanied by MOFA Secretary-General, Ambassador Hani Chmaytelli.
Premier Diab later met with a delegation from the Secondary Teachers Association, which included Nazih Jabbawi, Suleiman Jawhar, Nasser Al-Zant, Abir Homsi, Haydar Ismail, Ismat Daou, Jocelyne El-Khoury, Moulouk Mehrez, Fouad Ibrahim and Haydar Issa, in the presence of PM’s advisor, Hussein Kaafarani. 
After the meeting, Jabbawi said: “The meeting deliberated on the economic and financial problems, especially the 80% depreciation of employees’ salaries, and the dollar exchange rate controlled by the BDL, banks and money changers, and its impact on the prices of economic commodities and the food basket, which poses a great danger to the citizens’ economic stability in light of the possible lifting of subsidies on some basic stuffs such as medicine, fuel and some other foodstuffs.
"This will lead to a social disaster that will push people to the streets; it will be impossible for employees to attend their jobs. We briefed the PM about all these problems, and he was responsive to our concerns regarding our right to salary correction and to a stable economic and financial situation, in light of the fear of the current financial capacity," he added.
"We also discussed the educational situation, the school year that will start on Monday in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the high number of infections, as well as the students and teachers’ school attendance. In fact, both students and teachers have voiced concerns regarding the health situation; we asked for a full health support in schools in light of the lack of medical capabilities," he noted.
As for distance learning, Jabbawi said that they briefed Diab "about the persistent problems in terms of shortages in supplies, such as laptops and phones, poor internet connection, electricity crisis, and lack of teacher training, which constitute an obstacle to starting distance learning."
"We also raised the problem of schools and high schools that were affected by the Beirut Port blast, and whose maintenance and restoration have not started yet, which will impede the opening of these schools to students. In this context, H.E. spoke about the funds and aid that have been secured, pointing out that the distribution needs some time," he concluded by saying.

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