In the far North of India, teachers in Meghalaya state are planning a two week general strike beginning on August 22nd. They say they have been driven to this action after the state remained deaf to other protests such as hunger strikes. The decision to stage the strike was taken at a rally attended by thousands of teachers, which was called by the Meghalaya education union federation JACTAM.

Like so many teachers in India, those in Meghalaya have been stuck on temporary contracts for years, meaning much lower salaries, no pension rights and no job security. They are demanding to be made permanent, a change which had been promised by the government but has still not been delivered.

Meanwhile, corporations like Pearson have India in their sights as the next big frontier for profit. A huge market for mobile electronic devices to be used in education is opening up and Pearson partner Bridge International Academies is about to open 4000 for-profit schools in Andhra Pradesh state. In order to enroll in these schools, low income families will have to spend at least 20% of their income per child.

Moreover the present government has followed its predecessors in legitimising aspects of child labour. The amendments to the child labour act passed last month put education even further out of low income children's reach, by making it legal for children over the age of 14 to work.

Many writers on social justice and education are criticising the ways in which corporate reformers and neo-liberal governments are compromising and even destroying education in the global South. What is less often acknowledged (except on this website) is that teachers in India and all over the world are mounting the most determined resistance and continually fighting for public education.