Friday, September 23, 2011

Egypt's Educators Carry Revolution Forward

The revolution may have left Tahrir Square, but Egypt's education system is boiling with anger.

by Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Foreign Policy

"CAIRO – From overcrowded schools in the southern city of Beni Suef to public universities in coastal Alexandria to an elite American university in the desert outskirts of Cairo, an unprecedented wave of strikes has erupted across Egypt's education system. Tens of thousands of teachers, university professors, and students are taking part in mass protests that have varying demands but all echo the same revolutionary calls for change.....

Mounting frustration boiled over this month, culminating in a series of protests and strikes across multiple levels of the education system....

Although the Education Ministry announced that the number of teachers participating in the strike was minimal, media reports, citing activists and organizers, estimated that 65 to 75 percent of Egypt's 1 million teachers did not report to their classrooms....."

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