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Public Education in Lebanon: The Pyramid Stands on its Top

Public Education in Lebanon: The Pyramid Stands on its Top


The sector of education and Public Education in Lebanon is afflicted by a state of deterioration and decline that may lead to devastating results as to threaten its existence, or to linger in a state of clinical death that would require an ingenious erudite to reassume its natural role in producing a decent education that goes hand in hand with the technological development and the modern teaching methods, so that he could advance the country to keep pace with evolution. This situation has its aspects and reasons, and it proposes solutions that require flexible organizational forms capable of designing a challenging program able to recruit the most popular segments benefiting from the development of education, to prevent the collapse of this sector, and to boost its level to be in the first place in terms of intake and quality.

1- The Aspects of Deterioration

A- The dominance of the Private Teaching Sector:

The first manifestation of deterioration is the horrifying decline of the average of the Lebanese students enrolled in Public Education compared with the average of those enrolled in Private Education. The Statistical Bulletin of the Educational Center for Research and Development indicates that the percentage of the students enrolled in Public Education has declined in the last 15 years. Thus, based on the significant upward rise of the ratio of the Public School students that constituted 33% of the total number of Lebanese students between 1996-1997 and 2001-2002, in comparison with 67% of students enrolled in the Private Education sector in its both parts free and non-free, and that now reached approximately 39% for Public Education and 61% for Private Education, the researcher perceives a decline that raises many questions about the fate of Public Education. The statistics for the academic year 2004-2005 indicate a decline in the number of pupils in the Public School which constituted 36.82% of the total number of students, and this decline continued to reach 28.4% in the academic year 2014-2015, which requires a serious stand to prevent the collapse of the Public School, as well as to restore balance to the quality of Public Education.

B- Sectarian Education:

The second of these aspects is shown in the prevalence of sectarian education on the majority of students after each sect has vertically established its educational institutions, from kindergarten to university, based on laws that deliberately sprinkled a semi-balanced sectarian incitement, at the end of which the sects’ parishes have secluded themselves in their educational institutions.

According to the Statistical Bulletin of the Educational Center, the private fee-paying schools in the two suburbs of Beirut, as an example, attract 18% of the total number of students in Lebanon, while 2.6% of students are affiliated to public schools and 2.8% of them are affiliated to non-fee-paying private schools. This means that Private Education in the suburbs of Beirut alone includes more than one fifth of Lebanon’s students. It is no secret that this education has been mostly sectarian, dividing the society vertically and posing serious threats to the national affiliation.

C- Reversal of the Educational Pyramid:

Perhaps the most important feature of the educational institution success is, in my point of view, the provision of the higher educational stages by the lower stages of the educational institutions, as to provide enough students. As a matter of fact, when each educational stage fails to provide the higher stage with its need of students, the educational institution is at risk of collapse. Continue reading

Support message to teachers’ strike in Holland

The World Federation of Teachers’ Unions of WFTU, expresses its support to teachers in Holland who last week held a strike in about 7,000 primary schools in the country and tens of thousands demonstrated in The Hague. They demand pay rises in their salaries and recruitment to reduce the heavy workload and so that the classes would have fewer children. The government has promised €500 million of financial support, but the trade unions (AOB, CNV, PO-raad) have highlighted that another €900 million is needed for salaries and € 500 million for hiring the necessary staff, that means in total €1,4 billion.



Τhe educator is the lover of the human excellence, who with love and faith sees in the young souls the possibility of a better humanity and puts himself fully at the service of its creation, finding in it the deepest satisfaction of his being.
We keep walking in the same path…

3rd October 2017: WFTU’s Action Day for Refugees and Immigrants

A delegation of FISE and WFTU visited a refugees’ camp in Greece and they were briefed on the problems of education faced by the refugee students from Syria.

They distributed balls and notebooks to the  refugee children and promised to go on highlighting their problems  and to strengthen the resistance to the causes that give birth to refugees and immigration, the resistance to imperialism and to those who serve it.

In The Greek Islands Teachers Are Stacked In Expensive Rooms Or Have To Sleep On The Beach !

A mobilization of 70 primary school teachers’ trade unions for the problems of the thousands of supply teachers, for the needs of schools, took place in the major cities of Greece on Friday, 29/9/2017. The teachers have highlighted the real picture that they and the schoolchildren face, as September ends, denouncing the measures that are reducing educational rights, demanding human conditions and rights for the thousands of supply teachers who have been crossing the whole country for up to 16 years, who worry about when and where they will get employed.

The Delegation of the Primary Education Associations and ELME met with the Deputy General Secretary of the Ministry of Education with no specific commitment from his part to the mobilization’s demands. The teachers, the permanent and the supply ones, at the end of the protest, called for organization and continuation of the struggle. The banner of the National Secretariat of Teachers of PAME wrote: “There is no compromise with the shortcomings – gaps – underfunding. Massive permanent appointments that meet our needs. We do not put our children’s educational rights to the government- EU’s cutter.”