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Al-Azhar teachers cut Salah Salem highway in protest

Al-Azhar teachers cut a vital highway in Cairo in protest, demanding to be appointed permanently

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Jan 2012
Al Azhar Clerics in Tahrir square
Al Azhar Clerics in Tahrir square (Photo:Reuters)
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A group of temporary Al-Azhar teachers have cut the Salah Salem highway in Cairo and besieged Al-Azhar headquarters demanding to be appointed permanently.

The protesters also demand bonuses and other incentives.

There are about 70,000 teachers appointed temporarily in Al-Azhar. They demand permanent contracts akin to teachers in the Ministry of Education.

Last week hundreds of Al-Azhar teachers protested at Al-Azhar's headquarters. A group of the teachers met with Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb who promised to resolve their problems. Another group threatened to cut the nearby Salah Salem highway on Thursdays if their demands are not met.

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