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20 Lebanese schools to shut down, 10,000 teachers to lose jobs amid economic crisis

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Around 20 out of 1,629 private schools in Lebanon will close down and 10,000 out of 63,000 teachers are expected to lose their jobs, Elnashra, an online independent newspaper, reported Tuesday.

Schools have been facing difficult financial conditions amid the increase in the price of United States dollar against the Lebanese pound, affecting the purchasing power of citizens and their capability to pay tuition fees.

Around 60 percent of parents are incapable of paying tuition fees in the coming academic year while only 35 percent paid their dues to schools, Elnashra noted.

A big number of people are considering transferring their children to public schools to avoid paying tuition fees.

However, Lebanon does not have enough public schools to offer services to all students.

(XINHUA)

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