Bou Saab criticized Al-Majzoub’s performance as Education Minister, pointing out that if he had still been in that role, he would’ve already achieved readiness for distance education.
“I’ve not spoken with Al-Majzoub for months because he took the Education Ministry to a place where he had no mercy on students, parents, private schools, nor public schools. I lost hope in him, and he is obstructive by nature,” he issued.
The former minister indicated that Al-Majzoub was the one “obstructing the disbursement of the sum approved by the Parliament for implementing interactive electronic curricula in public schools.”
Al-Majzoub revisited this highly controversial issue in a recent TV appearance, during which he revealed a curious encounter that had taken place between him and Abou Saab concerning Oueijan.
“She’s the cousin of former Minister Elias Bou Saab, and he literally told me that she was a red line,” current minister Al-Majzoub said. “I told him that the red line was 1,300,000 students and not a politician.”
Notably, Bou Saab denied that he had referred to Oueijan as a red line. “I never sent [Al-Majzoub] a message, I did not say ‘red line,’ nor did I speak to him at all.”
For the past few months, the Education Ministry has been preparing to enter the new school year with a heavy reliance on distance learning as a safer and more practical option during the pandemic.
However, the execution of this plan, which includes providing each student with a personal computer for online classes, file sharing, and other activities, though necessary, is not an easy task, caretaker Minister Al-Majzoub recently explained.
Earlier this week, the Lebanese government postponed the start of the 2020-2021 school year until October 12th in light of the recent spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
With not much time ahead, and with the risk of costing countless students an educational year, the priority remains in ensuring that the necessary preparations for a seamless return to school are in place.
Meanwhile, with the pandemic reaching its peak, calling students back to school, in person, doesn’t appear to be a wise decision.
In a recent incident this week, a student tested positive right after sitting her official exams in-person, as demanded by the ministry, which has brought a lawsuit to be filed against her.
Reportedly, she had no symptoms showing that she was infected. She sat for her 2-day exams at the center, among her peers and the supervising teachers.