Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi on Tuesday blamed politicians for tarnishing and distorting the fundamental political pacts and agreements that were sealed between the Lebanese, saying that they were replaced by a sectarian- partisan system which ensures their political survival in the state's power system.
“Thus, citizens find themselves forced to get affiliated with his sect's party so that he would get a job or participate in running the State’s affairs,” Al-Rahi said during the annual Catholic Schools conference.
The patriarch said that the current government formation stalemate is causing total recession, hindering all attempts of economic revival, impeding reforms in all sectors, and contributing to the spread of corruption and to the establishment of the law of the jungle.
Al-Rahi warned of a serious educational and social crisis as the State is forcing many private schools to shut their doors, saying that the problem resulting from the salary scale law is pushing teachers and schools personnel into unemployment.
“It is the State’s duty to help parents who chose to get their children in private schools. To do so, the State should cover the six-degree pay hike granted to the teachers," he said.