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School Year Kicks off Amid Divisions

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Libya – School year in Libya kicks off on Sunday, while some cities boycott working in response to the demands of the Libyan Teachers Syndicate to postpone the school year until a law is issued to protect the ‘rights of teachers’.

Some educators objected over receiving a ‘training program’ by the time a number of schools in Tripoli are suffering due to clashes between armed militias.

Education Minister Othman Abdeljalil announced that the school year will start around the country, disregarding calls of the head of the syndicate who demanded postponing it to the 4th of November, based upon the wish of teachers to have a law that protects their rights.

Abdeljalil revealed in an official statement that the school will commence on time, warning against ‘rumors of delay’.

In a statement, the syndicate demanded that Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh and the parliament play their national role and hold an urgent session to issue a law for teachers’ rights by next month.

The Libyan Organization Of Policies & Strategies (LOOPS) estimated the number of students at 1.100.000, according to its latest report.

It added that the salaries of the education sector reached LYD 5 billion in 2015. LOOPS added that the education sector includes more than 680,000 employees, 400,000 out of them are teachers.

The education crisis worsened in the rich-oil country which has been living in chaos since the ousting of former president Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

 

Asharq al-Awsat

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