Despite ongoing police repression, teachers in Iran are continuing to struggle for democratic public education. Teachers in many towns across the country have engaged in protests for decent pay and funding, and for an end to repression and discrimination in education.

Last Thursday, teachers in Iranian Kurdistan demonstrated in front of the government building in Sanandaj. Attacks on Kurdish educationists have been particularly vicious in the country, where education in Kurdish is illegal, with one young teacher, Farzad  Kamangar, executed for fighting for their rights in 2010. Other teachers are also facing the death penalty. Moreover some teachers engaging in protests have been called in by security services and threatened to make them stop.

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamanei has once again made statements justifying the repression of teacher protest saying that: 'The teachers are cognizant of enemies’ conspiracies and the adversaries of the Islamic system that wish to instigate problems for the system and give seditious, strategic and political slogans under the pretext of teachers’ livelihood'

Nonetheless the struggles of the Iranian teachers have been going on for several months, defying all attempts to silence them. Teachers in the country earn as little as $100 a month. They also face the scourge of temporary contracts as well as the privatisation of education and of course discrimination against minorities.