Lebanon’s economic crisis forcing school students and teachers out of education

Lebanon’s economic crisis forcing school students and teachers out of education

As Lebanon continues to suffer under both, its rudderless political deadlock and a dire economic crisis, concerned parents are yet again worrying over the sorry state of their country’s education sector. Following the sudden and unexpected cancellation of this year’s Brevet exams in June, many are questioning whether they will be able to send their children back to school when the new academic year begins next month.

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The cost of education in Lebanon is projected to rise to an average of $550 per child for the coming school year, driven by adjustments to school fees, increased tuition costs and an overall move towards ‘dollarization’ as the country moves away from the highly volatile Lebanese pound. However, the average monthly salary in Lebanon has decreased to less than $200 dollars.

Lebanon education standards

Meanwhile, deep deficits within the education sector have been eroding the once celebrated high standards of Lebanon’s schools and universities for years, even before the COVID-19 pandemic and the onset of a crushing financial meltdown broke the back of an already sick system.

“Lebanese students [are] actually scoring lower [than a decade ago], below the OECD (Organisation for