Cairo Teachers Block Highway
Hundreds of temporary teachers blocked Cairo's Salah Salem highway and marched on their headquarters last week, demanding permanent appointments and bonuses, ahramnonline reports. According to the website, there are about 70,000 temporary teachers appointed by the organisation Al-Azhar which runs some of Cairo's Muslim schools. Besieging the organisation's headquarters, the protestors demanded that they be given the same contracts as those employed by the Ministry of Education. The protests are only the most recent in a series of sit-ins and road blocks over 2011. The teachers say they will continue with their protests - blocking the highway on Thursdays - if their demands are not met.