Thousands of Jordanian Teachers Stage Open Strike

AMMONNEWS – Thousands of public school teachers throughout the kingdom went on strike for the second day, demanding forming a teachers’ syndicate and improving their wages.

The strike widened on Monday as more teachers from different kingdom governorates joined the teachers who went on strike on Sunday in 8 governorates, including Amman, Tafileh, Jerash, Irbid, Karak,Ajloun, Balqaa, and Zarqa.

Teachers of several schools in the capital Amman also joined the strike, including schools in Amman’s 5th district, Wadi Al Sir, Sweifieh, Abdoun, Dahiyat Rashid, Sports city, and all schools in Muwaqqar, Al Jizeh, and Sahab districts.

Spokesperson of the Amman Teachers’ Committee told Ammon News on Monday that the government and parliament are responsible for the deterioration of the education process in the kingdom, despite the government’s claims that it supports forming a professional association for teachers.

He stressed however that the strike will not effect Tawjihi (General Secondary School Education Certification Exam) students.

Teachers’ strike strategies varied from one district to another, while some teachers protested inside their schools’ vicinities, others staged sit-ins in front of District Education Departments in their governorates.

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