Cote d’Ivoire: Teachers Strike to Press for Better Working Conditions

A front-page headline in L’Intelligent d’Abidjan says “schools are paralyzed in the central, northern and western regions” of Cote d’Ivoire as teachers in Bouake and Man are protesting against bad working conditions.

In another development, an article in the same paper (p. 5) says that the management of a secondary school in Abidjan called in police to halt a plan by FESCI, Cote d’Ivoire Students Federation, to hold a meeting in the school.

The organizer of the planned meeting said he “understands” the reluctance of school authorities to allow FESCI to meet while some of its leaders are wanted by authorities following ten years of crisis. However, the organization has new leadership, he said, and is ready to advocate for students in Cote d’Ivoire.

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