BEIRUT — Teachers across Lebanon held sit-ins on Friday to demand improved compensation and called for a strike on official examination correction until their demands are met, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Here’s what we know:
• Teachers protested in Tripoli, Baalbeck, Beiteddine, Saida, Nabatieh, Sour and at the Education Ministry in Beirut. The educators demanded “corrected salaries matching the rate of inflation; full health insurance coverage; a transportation allowance which equates 40 percent of a gasoline tank or vouchers to purchase gasoline; an electricity allowance; and increased bank withdrawal limits.“
• A statement from the protesting teachers in Tripoli called for a strike in examination corrections until their demands were met. A similar statement was issued from the protest in Saida, where the teachers said “how could teachers correct when their salaries haven’t been corrected?” Official Brevet and Baccalaureat examinations were conducted recently, the former being held for the first time in two years.