Thursday, July 8, 2021

Lebanon: Tribalism and Islamists killed the once civil society

School's out for good? Lebanese teachers flee as financial crisis builds

  • Lebanon's education system once prized throughout region
  • Teaching salary worth less than $90 a month as currency tumbles
  • Middle school final exams cancelled

BEIRUT, July 8 (Reuters) - Sorbonne-educated Chryssoula Fayad spent nearly two decades teaching history and geography at Lebanon's elite French schools, ultimately heading departments. Now she is a substitute teacher in Paris, part of an exodus from an education system on its knees.


Corruption and political wrangling have cost the local currency more than 90% of its value in less than two years, propelling half the population into poverty and locking depositors like Fayad out of their bank accounts.

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