BEIRUT—Four months after taking office, Lebanon’s minister of education, Abbas Halabi, has warned of an irreversible disaster unless immediate action is taken to save a crumbling education system.
Two years of a crippling social and economic crisis compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, prolonged school closures and erratic online learning have endangered the future education of hundreds of thousands of students, Halabi said in an interview with Al-Fanar Media.
What’s worse, those students now may miss out on learning for a third consecutive year.
“Another failed year will be detrimental,” Halabi said. “That is why I insisted on the resumption of regular in-person teaching.”
Serious Setbacks in Learning
The lack of infrastructure to sustain online classes, frequent power outages and communication disruptions have resulted in disorderly and chaotic teaching, he added. “This year is crucial to catch up on education losses; if we fail to have a meaningful year, the consequences will be devastating.”
Lebananese students have severely missed out on education over the past years, Halabi said. He cited studies showing that Lebanese students lag two years behind comparable countries of the region and four to five years worldwide.