Teachers Protest in Egypt As teachers and doctors strike for a living wage and for poperly funded public services, the post-revolutionary government is turning to the IMF The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the other twin pillar of international finance, the World Bank, were partly responsible for many of the policies which impoverished the education service under the Mubarak dictatorship. Yet now the new government is turning to exactly the same organisation for loans which will be heavily conditional on cutting public spending and selling off state assets. Anti-debt campaigners in Egypt held a conference about the impending IMF bail-out, reported on the el-Ahram website at which economic journalist Wael Gamal said: "The IMF loan is not just money that will be spent just like any other loan, but will be used in the same ways as before, to enact certain policies.We have the confidence that we changed a dictatorship that went on for 30 years. If we want loans [they should be] for the interests of the people and the development of the country." Meanwhile for teachers and other workers in public services little has changed since the revolution. The government proposes to put doctors' salaries up by increasing charges for patients, something with which many doctors violently disagree - yet they often have to take private work in order to make ends meet. In the same way teachers in Egypt frequently have to do private tuition in order to make up their salaries - a practice which the independend teacher union wants to see banned  and which would be unnecessary if there was a decent salary for teachers.