Egyptian Teachers Protesting last Month Egyptian teachers are to stage a mass protest on September 10th The teachers - led by the Independent Teachers Union and including 52 separate groups - will stage protests around Egypt - with a mass protest outside the cabinet offices in Cairo. The teachers are demanding the payment of a promised 200% reward incentive to all teachers, a minimum wage of $500 a month, no cuts, and that temporary teachers be given permanent contracts in all parts of Egypt, where the practice of hiring teachers on temporary contracts is still common. They are also demanding the dismissal of the Education Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin Moussa. The leader of the Independent Teachers Union, Ayman Al-Byaly said: "The minister is from the remnants of the ousted regime and has no real intention to implement radical change after the revolution." The ITU says that that security services are still targeting activist teachers. The teachers are also calling for the outlawing of private tutoring - a feature of the Egyptian education system which  grew through the Mubarak years as education budgets were cut and class sizes increased, while teachers were some of the worst paid public employees. In urban areas in a 2005 study, 64% of families were using private tutors to supplement their children's education. Mubarak, acting partly under the tutelage of the World Bank introduced swathes of neo-liberal education reforms including privatisation, performance related pay and budget cuts.  Unfortunately, depsite the revolution, these policies still persist. Conditions are still appalling in many schools, and teachers' pay is low. Class sizes can be as high as 90, yet many education graduates are unemployed (there is 20% youth employment and amongst women with a university degree unemployment is running at 55%.)  Teachers have been protesting outside the education ministry all through August to press their demands. Al-Byaly told the dailynewsegypt.com that Septepmber 10th  "will be a remarkable day in the history of Egyptian teachers. The minister is betting on the failure of the protests but we will unite to achieve our demands." If their demands are not met the teachers are calling for an all out strike when the academic year begins on September 17th. For more background see: http://www.teachersolidarity.com/blog/egyptian-teachers-to-strike/#more-1601 To read an excellent account of education in Egypt under Mubarak go to: http://cornell.academia.edu/MarionDixon/Papers/824759/Investing_in_Inequality_Education_Reform_in_Egypt