Hundreds of Tunisian middle and high school teachers protested in the capital Tunis on 12 December demanding better salaries and improved working conditions. The protest was organised by the General Syndicate of Secondary Education. Saad Al-Yaqoubi, Syndicate Secretary-General, called on Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and all national institutions to join them and end this crisis as soon as possible, with an agreement that satisfies the teachers and restores calm to the educational institutions. “The escalation by the education minister and the government will only lead to further escalation by the teachers,” he added. Tunisian teachers have been demanding an increase in their salaries, lowering the retirement age from 60 to 55 as well as reforming the educational system. A teacher’s monthly salary ranges from $408.4 to $442.4. The protests started on 3 December.
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