Lebanese University sociology students in Sidon yesterday renewed their call for the re-opening of English sections in the third and fourth year levels and threatened to stage an open strike until their demand is met.
During a sit-in held at the campus in protest over the lack of professors to teach sociology in English, students decided to form an emergency committee to follow up the issue with local politicians and other notables and called on students not to transfer their applications to continue their studies in other parts of the country.
Faculty director George Kattoura said that the lack of English-speaking teachers is a problem in all faculties of the university, and added that the only solution was to attract more candidates to the vacant posts.
“We only had two applications from professors which we have referred to the cabinet but have not received an answer,” he said. Kattoura said teachers taking classes in the first and second years are over-burdened and cannot teach third and fourth year students as well.
Hizbullah’s educational department expressed support for the sit-in and called on university and government officials to respond to the demand.
“It is not fair that over 50 students find themselves forced to move to Beirut, where they might not be able to support themselves,” a statement said.