Teachers in Brazil were on strike again last week, in the campaign for more money for education. The teachers are demanding that 10% of GDP be spent on education, that there should be an improvement in the minimum wage for teachers and that more money should be put into training teachers, who are desparately needed in the country.

Back in 2012, the teachers' union CNTE said that in 17 states of the country, teachers were underpaid, some receiving less than two thirds of the minimum wage. This situation does not appear to have improved. In October of last year there were long strikes in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as teachers campaigned for decent conditions in schools and an end to neo-liberal policies, which as one education academic put it "transformed classrooms into production lines, dehumanizes education and promotes a climate of competition that only harms the young students."  These actions culminated in Rio with violent state repression. Teachers were threatened with the sack for exercising their right to strike and brutally attacked by riot police.

The underfunding of education has been one of the main targets of protesters against the millions of dollars being spent on hosting the World Cup and the Olympic Games, while public services are becoming more and more impoverished. Meanwhile for the elite, there is a thriving and growing private school sector

Teachers marched in the capital Brazilia on Thursday and the protest was followed by a three day strike which was expected to be supported by about 90% of teachers according to CNTE.