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Eighty per cent of Lebanese Catholic schools risk closure

Internal resources and targeted interventions are needed to prevent the collapse of one of Lebanon's cultural gems.


According to Father Boutros Azar, Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of Catholic Schools in Lebanon, around two-thirds of Lebanese pupils are exposed to the ordeals that the country has recently faced in the educational sector.

In Lebanon, about eighty per cent of Catholic schools, which provide education to about two-thirds of the pupils in the country’s private institutions, will close their doors for the next school year 2020-2021, due to the lack of resources, Asia News reported.

Fr. Boutros Azar – in an open letter sent to the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun – mentions the “economic difficulties encountered by these schools and state negligence”.

Speaking to L’Orient-Le Jour, Fr. Azar specifies that by “state negligence”, the secretariat refers to the law 46/2018 which has changed the wage scale in the public sector and placed all educational institutions, even the largest in great difficulty.

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