Maronite Patriarch Bechara Butros Al-Rahi called Saturday on the Lebanese State to support private schools by bearing the cost of the six-grade salary increase grid.
This came during his religious sermon as he presided over a Mass service at the “Our Lady’s Church” in Mejdlaya, Casa of Zgharta, marking 60 years since the establishment of the Monastery and School of the Maronite Sacred Family.
“Today, our Catholic, private and public schools are at a stage that threatens their existence because of the Law No. 46/2017 pertaining to the Wage Act,” said Al-Rahi.
“If the State does not bear the cost of the six-grade salary increase, this would lead to two major crises: at the educational level it would result in the closure of a significant number of schools, especially in the mountain and suburbs regions, and at the social level it would cause the unemployment of a significant number of administrators, teachers and employees,” the Patriarch explained.
“We are, thus, renewing with you the appeal to the President of the Republic, the Government and the Parliament at this time when the general budget is being debated and international conferences are being held in support of Lebanon, namely the Rome Conference for assisting the army and security forces and the Paris Conference for economic development,” Al-Rahi underscored.
Source: National News Agency