Naturalized persons by sect:
Few are “Maronite” or “Druze”
The enactment of Naturalization Decree No. 5247, dated June 20, 1994, has granted Lebanese nationality to 202,527 persons, distributed among the legally recognized Lebanese sects. Despite their large numbers, the Maronite and Druze sects received the lowest share relative to their population. 2,725 Maronites and 4,337 Druze have been granted Lebanese nationality, while the highest share was among Sunni Muslims, numbering 118,295 persons, i.e. 58.5% of the total naturalized population.
- Sunni: 118,295
- Shia‘a: 28,425
- Alawite: 7,954
- Druze: 4,337 Muslim total: 159,011
- Greek Orthodox: 10,736
- Armenian Orthodox: 9,977
- Greek Catholic: 6,617
Following the approval of the public employee salary scale, teachers have received high salary increases and six exceptional pay grades, which significantly raised the state education budget. However, there was no increase in the number of public school students, causing the cost of public education to rise to LBP 6 million per student, i.e. almost equal to the cost of private education. The educational level in some public schools is low comparable to that of private schools.
One of the major reasons for the rise is a surplus of teachers (and of course their wage increase) compared to the number of students. We found that there are 88 public schools with one teacher per three students...