Komorebi Post– For the past months, thousands of Tunisian teachers have been demonstrating and protesting the difficult conditions they work under. Since 2011 the country’s economy struggles with high unemployment rates that reach 30 percent of graduate students and poverty rates 15.2 percent according to the World Bank, in 2015.
Tunisia is considered, by many neighboring countries in the Arab world and North Africa, as an example to be followed, particularly for the high percentages of students attending school. Statistics for 2011 show that the percentage of children entering school reached 93.4 percent for those aged 6-16 years and 81.1 percent for those between the ages of 12 and 18 years.
Poor working Conditions
In 2017- a five year development plan was approved, it included several ‘ambitious reforms’ related to infrastructure and education projects. The Tunisian teachers complain that the educational system needs reforms. The stagnant low wages of teachers, lack of bonuses and age of retirement are the main claims that drive this protest. Those demands were rejected by the Ministry of Education under the pretext of difficult economic situation, which escalated the situation further to a strike by professors
No school for students
Worried Baccalaureate students and their parents are also demonstrating in front of the Tunisian General Labor Union, holding banners reading “Stop using our children”, and “Our children are red lines”.
Saadia al-Ashi, one of the demonstrators expressed to Komorebi post:
“I hope that my son and all the other children, will be able to take the exams … they could not take the first three,” another demonstrator asked called on the government and the Secondary Education Union not to let their children pay the price of their disagreements.