Teachers on temporary contracts in Alexandria, Egypt have been protesting outside the Governor's office. The teachers earn as little as $42 a month - even though the minumum wage is supposed to be a still paltry $100 a month. As in so many other countries in the world, contract teachers are used in Egypt to cut education budgets. Despite the fact that teachers were in the forefront of the Egyptian revolution, little has changed for them except the right to organise in independent trade unions.

Last week disabled teachers were among those campaigning on the same issue in the province of Sharquiyya also in Egypt. The situation is particjlarly bad in Egypt, where some teachers are actually on zero pay contracts on the basis that they will pick up pupils for extra tuition by teaching them in schools.

Some of the teachers protesting in Alexandria have been on temporary contracts for six years. They are demanding permanent contracts immediately.