Teachers demonstrating in San Jose
Teachers in Costa Rica struck last week against cuts and government corruption
The teachers are demanding the sacking of the Education Minister, Leonardo Garnier who is implicated in corruption allegations. Teachers from all across the country went on strike and took part in demonstrations which included road blocks and demonstrations outside the government finance offices in San Jose the capital.
Like countries across Central America, Costa Rica's education service is being sujected to a neo-liberal diet of privatisation and attacks on teaching unions. At the same time protest is being criminalised as right wing governments in the region tighten their alliances with corporations looking to make profits from education.