Cabinet: No decision on salary demands of teachers

President Michel Suleiman chaired the cabinet meeting at the Baabda Palace . 42 items were on the agenda

Lebanon’s Minister of State Jean Ogassapian briefed the media following the cabinet’s meeting Wednesday and said:

Teachers

The cabinet did not discuss the salary demands of public secondary school teachers. The cabinet will work on finalizing administrative appointments at the soonest possible.

The teachers issued a statement last week in which they announced that they will boycott grading the official exams because their negotiations with Education Minister Hassan Mneimneh over their salary demands did not yield “a satisfactory outcome.”

Head of Association of Public Education Teachers Hanna Gharib said following his meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri yesterday that so far no results were reached regarding the teachers’ demands.

The cabinet today approved in principle a draft law to train contractual primary public school teachers.

Judicial cooperation

The cabinet approved the formation of a ministerial commission to study Lebanese-French judicial cooperation agreements

Central lab

The cabinet approved the building of a central lab for the Health Ministry near the Karantina Hospital in Beirut.

Sudanese

commenting on the action by the security forces last weekend against Sudanese nationals in the Ouzai neighborhood of Beirut , he quoted Hariri as saying that the “cabinet is committed to respecting human rights as well as the foreigners residing in Lebanon.”

Economy

President Michel Suleiman said that the standing of the Lebanese economy is continuously improving