Unemployed Teachers fight back: a Global Issue
Submitted by Mary on Tue 18th January, 2011 - 11:28 am
Unemployed Teachers demonstrating in Morocco
The problem of teacher unemployment is becoming increasingly common - particularly in the Middle East
The present uprising in Tunisia was partly sparked by the suicide of a young graduate unable to find work - a common problem in that country. And last month there was a demonstration of unemployed graduates, mostly teachers, in front of the Moroccan parliament building in Rabat, who were brutally attacked by security forces. As reported on this website there have also been demonstrations by teachers in Turkey, Greece and Saudi Arabia in the recent past of teachers campaigning for the right to work.
The problem is compounded by the employment by states of so-called 'contract' teachers - this is common practice in both OECD countries and the Global South - encouraged by the World Bank - since contract teachers have few rights and can be paid a fraction of what properly employed teachers are paid (even though that is often pitifully low.) There have been reports on this website of struggles of contract teachers to be employed properly in many parts of the world - particularly for example in India.
In Turkey 78% of schools are suffering from a lack of qualified staff according to an OECD survey in 2009 - yet there are 300,000 unemployed teachers. Turkey employs many contract teachers and has another category called 'waged' teachers who are employed on an even more casual basis. To read more about the teacher unemployment situation in Turkey and some of the human stories involved go to the following link: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=ten-thousands-teacher-candidates-waiting-for-the-godot-a-real-job-2010-02-03
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