Mubarak with a friend from the US Egypt's schools remain closed as teachers take part in  demonstrations to oust the dictatorial regime of Hosni Mubarak As Mubarak refuses to leave, workers all over Egypt are on strike demanding decent wages and proper contracts. Teachers in Egypt typically earn $200 a month  although some earn as littl as $80 - barely enough to survive; and they teach classes of up to  90 children. 44% of the adult population is illiterate and many primary aged children are not in school. Child labour is common. Teachers took part in demonstrations last May for a minimum wage with other public sector workers at a time when demonstrations were banned and the police state was still in control. At that time one teacher told the BBC:  "We can’t afford to eat or drink or get an education or pay our rent. Yet there are many rich people in this country who don’t do any work. This government is corrupt. The people in authority now are the businessmen and they stole everything from us – the profits from the state and our children’s future". As I write millions of Egyptian people are on the streets demanding that Mubarak stand down and a change to these conditions - an end to the cleptocracy which with its foreign sponsors is stealing the wealth which should belong to them and their chidren.  Teachers everywhere are watching developments in Egypt and sending their solidarity - this weekend in the form of demonstrations in cities all over the world.