Striking teachers also march in Luxor

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Sep 2011

Teachers in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor march across the ancient city, joining the nation-wide school teachers strike action which peaked Saturday in tens of thousands marching in downtown Cairo

Teachers demonstration
photo: Mai Shaheen

Hundreds of teachers demonstrated in Luxor early Saturday demanding the cleansing of the ministry of education from all former regime loyalists and that elections be held soon at the teachers’ syndicate.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of striking teachers and their supporters marched on the Cabinet headquarters in downtown Cairo, totally blocking Kasr El-Aini street, a main downtown thoroughfare along which the two houses of the Egyptian parliament also stand.

Mansour Mohamed, one of the members of the teachers' union in Luxor, says that more than 200 public schools participated in this march. He confirmed that the strike was still ongoing.   

Egypt’s teachers have been on a nation-wide strike for a week demanding that the government implement a LE1200 monthly minimum wage, release a 200 per cent productivity bonus promised to public sector workers and discontinue merit tests, among other demands.

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