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Bsharri to push back opening of schools after education minister called for nationwide reopening

Bsharri to push back opening of schools after education minister called for nationwide reopening

Bsharri will delay the reopening of schools in the town due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Credit: Marc Fayad)

BEIRUT – The Bsharri municipality in northern Lebanon on Saturday announced it was pushing back to Jan. 17 the reopening of schools in the mountain town due to the COVID-19 pandemic, days after Lebanon’s education minister called for educational institutions to open their doors this coming monday.

Here’s what we know:

    • Bsharri municipal chief Faraday Keyrouz issued an administrative decision for schools to reopen Jan. 17 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the town’s educational institutions, the NNA reported.

    • On Wednesday, Education Minister Abbas Halabi and Health Minister Firass Abiad held a joint press conference to announce schools would reopen after the holiday season for in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 10, with strict countermeasures in place.

    • Halabi vowed in the press briefing that “there will be a safe return to schools, and the spread of the [COVID-19] virus came during the holiday,” implicitly saying that he believed in-person classes were not responsible for the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.  


BEIRUT – The Bsharri municipality in northern Lebanon on Saturday announced it was pushing back to Jan. 17 the reopening of schools in the mountain town due to the COVID-19 pandemic, days after Lebanon’s education minister called for educational institutions to open their doors this coming monday.Here’s what we know:    • Bsharri municipal chief Faraday Keyrouz issued an...