Schools throughout Lebanon closed on October 15, a day after clashes in Beirut left seven people dead and 30 injured, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.
The violence increased pressure on the education system, which is already close to collapse due to worsening insecurity, political instability and Lebanon’s unprecedented financial crisis. (See a related article, “For Many Universities in Lebanon, Survival May Be at Stake.”)
Many parents cannot afford skyrocketing tuition fees. Classes are disrupted by fuel shortages which have cut the electricity supply to a couple of hours a day and this month briefly brought the national grid to a complete stop.
Large numbers of teachers have emigrated, and growing tensions could accelerate the brain drain, while many parents feel that it has become too dangerous to send their children to school.