Teachers in the West African country, Benin, are threatening to go on strike from the beginning of the new school year, which is due to start on Monday 5th October.

The teachers are demanding among other things, the regularisation of the contracts of thousands of temporary teachers as well as proper training for them and an end to volunteer teaching. They are demanding that the government takes on many more qualified teachers and that administration is improved so that funding for schools is paid on time. Teachers also want the same 25% pay increase that other public servants have received. 

The Benin teachers union is calling on its members to remain 'mobilised, determined and vigilant.' It ends its statement with the words: 'only struggle pays!'

Last year, Benin's teachers took part in a general strike against the repression meted out by the regime of President Boni Yayi. Security forces in the country have a brutal history of attacks on students and trade unionists campaigning for democratic rights and funding.