Teachers call for strike as school year rolls to a start

Several teachers’ movements on Tuesday called for a mass rally next Monday in protest of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s "disregard of the demands" of teachers.

The Independent Teachers Syndicate said in a statement that it will demand that the government remove Education Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin Moussa, increase salaries, and hire temporary employees on a permanent basis.

Teachers will begin an open-ended strike across Egypt at the beginning of the academic year on 17 September, the statement also said.

The syndicate is preparing for another sit-in in front of the cabinet as well.

The statement added that teachers participating in the protest will hold a press conference on Wednesday to explain the reasons behind their strike.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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