| 1 August 2021, Sunday |

How could the state, which never misses an opportunity to indulge in corruption and robbery, cancel official exams?

With the Ministry of Education’s statement that the Intermediate Certificate’s exams would be canceled, the drama of insisting on taking formal exams for General Secondary Education came to an end. This is obvious in order to avoid missing out on the opportunity to engage in corruption and profit from robberies. In this regard, the Journalist Walid Hussein briefed Sawt Beirut International’s reporter, Mahasin Morsal, about corruption practiced behind the scenes of official exams.

“In this scenario, canceling official exams was the best solution. The minister insisted on holding the tests at a time when all members of the educational sector thought they were unnecessary, and he is well aware that the previous academic year was a fiasco, with dreadful outcomes, and that the issue affects both public and private schools. Intermediate Certificate’s exams would have cost 16 billion Lebanese Pounds, or one million dollars, to waste, and the minister diverted funds from other initiatives to ensure that enough money was available for stationery and other expenses at a time when he could not afford computers for students,” Hussein explained.

Exams for the Intermediate Certificate have been canceled. “After professors declined to supervise and monitor exams, particularly contractual professors, noting that the supervision allowance is 50,000 Lebanese Pounds per day, amounting to $3, the minister resorted to UNICEF for $7 according to the platform price, trying to delegate security forces for monitoring,” referring to the pressures of “some exam leaders and educational committees in the regions who receive tens of millions of dollars per year for probation, but the advent of the Delta mutant caused the minister to reverse his unusual decision, which has aroused questions,” Hassan affirmed.

The educational sector is in difficulty, but the exploitation of parents and students, as well as the disappearance of all aid supplied to pupils, is intolerable. The corrupt and thieves can be held accountable, and they are well-known each by his name, but unfortunately, such measures are unlikely to be taken.