I will continue to defend the law prohibiting raising premiums in universities and private institutes within the mechanisms followed


In an interview with Al-Akhbar, MP Ihab Hamadeh denounced MP Bahia Hariri’s position on the repeated urgent law proposal that prohibits raising premiums in universities and private institutes and collecting them in the national currency, as “the freedom of education does not mean that universities set fees according to Its mood, and even the dollarization and raising of premiums opposes the principle of the right to education as a constitutional principle sponsored by the Bill of Human Rights ratified by Lebanon, and if there is a violation of the constitution, it is the lack of approval of this law. The installments are neither near nor far.

And what the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Elie Ferzli, said in terms of giving the Ministry of Education a role in this field, Hamadeh stated that the Higher Education Council issued two recommendations on July 1, 2020, to ban raising premiums and their dollarization.

Regarding the possibility of closing the American University, he pointed out that “the university has existed in Lebanon for more than 150 years and has been accumulating profits throughout these years, and it can turn to its students in these two years, especially as it receives aid worth 150 million dollars, and it has what is expressed in the endowment value of One billion dollars, and she recently bought a property in the Hamra area, worth 500,000 dollars.

He pointed out that the university’s president, Fadlo Khoury, was the first to rise up on October 17, in victory for Lebanon, the Lebanese, and the social situation, and he was the first to start with his students. He announced that he would continue to defend the law within the established mechanisms, asking: “If the American and Lebanese American universities raise their premiums and adjust the salaries of their professors, what will happen to the professors of the Lebanese University, wouldn’t they feel the class differences, wouldn’t that be a conspiracy against the university?”


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