University sector faces serious losses, experts say
For two years now, Lebanon has been assailed by an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, which was aggravated by COVID-19 lockdowns and the aftermath of the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut on 4 August 2020. Teachers and the administrative staff at the Lebanese University, the country’s sole public university, have gone on an open-ended strike since October after their salaries in Lebanese pounds lost more than nine times their value. Their move is threatening to scrap the current academic year.
“We are in a deep crisis,” said Ziad Abou Alwan, a professor of architecture at the university’s faculty of fine arts and architecture. “Teachers’ salaries can hardly cover the cost of transportation to campus. I fear the whole academic year will be lost and the students will be paying the price.”
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