Syrian Interim Government: 40 thousand Syrian students await acceptance in Lebanese schools

Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Hasan Borhan | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: October 22, 2018, 10:17:11 PM wire RELIEF & HUMANITARIANART & CULTURE Culture

Turkey - SMART

The head of the educational office for the Syrian Interim Government in Lebanon said that about 40 thousand Syrian students are waiting to be accepted into Lebanese public schools this year.

The Head of the educational office, Khalid Raad, told SMART that the Lebanese Ministry of Education accepted students who registered last year and the year before only. The ministry did not accept new students who registered for the 2018-2019 school year despite their official documents, with the exception of some 1st grade elementary pupils.

Raad said that the educational office does not know why the ministry accepted some of the first grade pupils and not others, despite all of them registering for the first time this year.

Raad added that between 30 and 40 thousand students with official documents are still waiting to be accepted into certain Lebanese public schools this year because their parents believe in the educational quality of these schools.

Raad also said that the Lebanese Minister of Education Marwan Hamadeh told him that only 300 thousand Syrian students out of 500 thousand were accepted into schools, while the remaining 200 thousand were left out due to the lack of financial support from organizations such as the United Nations Children Fund.

Earlier, the UN and humanitarian relief organizations warned against a "huge gap" in the support for Syrian refugees and their host countries, saying that the lack of support will threaten the stability of the refugees in these countries.

Raad added that the interim government's educational office, in collaboration with associations and individuals active in the educational field, opened new Syrian schools in the Lebanese town of Arsal and the Beqaa district. The office also rented Lebanese private schools in an attempt to educate the students refused by the Lebanese public schools.

Raad said that the schools of the Syrian Interim Government require elementary school pupils to have an individual civil registry document, an ID card, or a family civil registry document. Interim government schools require high school students to have a ninth grade certificate from the Ministry of Education in Syria, Lebanon, or any other country, as long as the certificates are accepted by the Syrian Interim Government.

The procedures of moving and registering students in Lebanese public schools came after UN teams organized campaigns for the Syrian refugees in the Arsal area camps, inviting the residents to register their children in Lebanese schools to obtain acknowledged certificates, according to a local source.

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Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Hasan Borhan | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: October 22, 2018, 10:17:11 PM wire RELIEF & HUMANITARIANART & CULTURE Culture
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