More teachers have been taking action in China over the last fortnight. As well as the protests by contract teachers in province, temporary teachers in Guangdong province have also been taking action, demanding that their contracts be regularised. As well as some of the teachers striking, others staged a sit-in in the government offices.

Meanwhile on Monday,  thousands of teachers in Henan province went on strike and demonstrated outside the government offices, their banners read:  'raise salaries: improve the quality of education'. The protest came into conflict with police who injured 10 protestors including two women according to reports.

Many teachers in Henan province earn as little as $225 a month. To make matters worse bonuses which were promised were not paid between 2010 and 2013. The teachers also say that the state sometimes makes salary deductions for 'charitable' purposes without their consent.

The policy of employing contract teachers seems to be as prevalent in China as it is in many other parts of the global South. It is a policy actively promoted by the World Bank, as are the policies of performance related pay and privatisation, which have also been the subject of by Chinese teachers. In fact the whole damaging playlist of education 'reform' seems to have as much of a hold in China as it does in most of the rest of the world. And once again teachers are in the forefront of the struggle against it.