Teachers Protest Yesterday in Cairo Teachers protested in Egypt yesterday demanding permanent contracts and a decent salary Teachers say that the government has reneged on its promises to make teachers permanent after they have been employed for six months. Teachers' pay is also pitfully low - with some temporary teachers earning less than $20 a month and some teachers of 30 years experience earning $100. The teachers went on strike a year ago demanding these same changes as well as better funding for education in the country. They demanded class sizes of 30 - at present classes of 60+ are common and sometimes classes can be as big as 120. Since then there have been numerous demonstrations and actions by teachers, particularly on the issue of temporary contracts. One teacher told the website Ahram: "We demand a realistic wage structure and for new graduates to be called for civil service, so they can later be appointed [given a permanent contract with insurance and other benefits]. They no longer appoint anyone." Teachers were in the forefront of the democracy protests which led to the revolution in 2011. They formed an independent teachers' union in 2010, under very difficult conditions, at a time when Mubarak was still in power and the official union was part of the government. They were central to the forming of a new independent union centre at the time of the revolution. Yet they say that the new government which has come to power on the back of the revolution continues to ignore education and continues to employ temporary teachers, on starvation salaries. Many of the protesting teachers say that they will refuse to return to the classroom when the new term starts unless their demands are met. Worryingly, they also complain that the leaders of their union are not supporting their struggle.