School Voucher System: A Chance to Save Private Schools

Eliane Al Badawy & Claire Basbous | LIMS | November 2018

The Lebanese Parliament passed a salary-scale bill on July 2017 raising the wages of public sector employees before the election. The salary scale also applies to private school teachers, given the existence of a law imposing equality of wages across schools.

The Lebanese Parliament passed a salary-scale bill on July 2017 raising the wages of public sector employees before the election.
The salary scale also applies to private school teachers, given the existence of a law imposing equality of wages across schools. Private schools reacted by increasing tuition fees, leading to social and economic unrest. In fact, about half of Lebanese people suffer from poverty, and yet despite their poor economic conditions, many parents work hard to place their children in private schools, which typically offer higher academic quality than public schools.  Today, the salary-scale bill forced them to shift their children to public schools, reducing the working classes’ chances of moving up the ladder of social progress…

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