Thousands of teachers protest outside cabinet building

About 15,000 teachers protested on Saturday morning outside the cabinet building to demand higher wages and benefits, and the dismissal of the education minister.

Protesters said they intended to stage a general strike on the first day of the academic year, scheduled for 17 September.
Hundreds of teachers staged marches in the streets of Cairo, carrying banners that read: “No progress for a nation where a teacher is humiliated”, before joining the demonstrators in front of the cabinet.

The rally caused sever traffic congestion in Qasr al-Aini Street.

Teachers from various governorates including Monufiya, Fayoum, Alexandria, Beheira and North and South Sinai participated.
The Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Brotherhood-linked education movements, such Teachers Without a Syndicate Movement, had a strong presence in the demonstration.

The Independent Teachers’ Union estimated the number of movements participating at 250.

Abdel Nasser Ali, representing Teachers Without a Syndicate Movement, said the protest showed the Ministry of Education teachers’ ability to organize themselves and unite their demands.
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