Egyptian Teachers protesting in October The most militant section of workers in Egypt this December were teachers According to a report at, there were 89 teachers' protests in December - in both the private and public sectors - mostly centring on the issue of pay - which can be as little as $160 a month for an experienced teacher - and demanding that contract teachers be given permanent contracts. (This is an issue which is reported on in country after country on this website) The protests, according to the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights took many forms including demonstrations, strikes, road blocks, hunger strikes and sit-ins.  Teachers were in the forefront of the movement last spring which led to the overthrow of the dictator Mubarak - but the military government is carrying on with the same policies which mean that education is still desparately underfunded with class sizes sometimes as big as 120. According to a striking teacher during the big teachers' strike in September, reported in an earlier post: "The Education ministry is stuffed full of consultants on huge salaries and teachers get nothing.” Among other demands of that strike were the sacking of the education minister, Ahmed Mussa, who was a senior figure in the Mubarak administration. As people continue to fight for democracy in Egypt, the teachers remain in the forefront of the struggle.