Teachers in the Indian state of Maharashtra, whose principal town is Mumbai, went on strike on Friday against the government's failure to fund their schools properly which has resulted in thousands of job losses. The striking teaching and non-teaching staff work at the 60,000 government aided schools across the state. A spokesperson said: 'We are opposing the state government's blatant refusal to stay a controversial decision which will render more than 45,000 teachers suddenly surplus. As a result millions of students will suffer and this could contravene the provisions of the Right To Education'.

This is not the first time we have reported on the dire level of education funding in the populous state of Maharashtra. Last year saw mass protests against the handing over of Mumbai public schools to private companies and NGOs. As activists at the time: "The builders and profiteering private institutions will capture the lands of BMC schools, similar to what happened with the Cotton mills in 1982.Due to this policy of ‘school adoption’ the NGOs run by Indian and Foreign Multinationals will decide what our children should study, how they should study and who should teach them." As one of the leaders of the December 12th strike said - it looks as though the new state government want to shut down all government aided schools.

This policy  is entirely in line with the World Bank and educorporation project to privatise education, to generate profits from it and to educate children for the 'global marketplace.' As the , who are supporting the strike put it: 'Education scenario is undergoing a great turmoil in the country in general and Maharashtra in particular. There is no option left with us other than struggle against such unscrupulous implementation of neoliberal polices.'

As well as striking on Friday, the teachers carried out a semi-nude march to the seat of the Maharashtra parliament in Nagpur.