Thousands of Moroccan trainee teachers took to the streets of the capital Rabat yesterday to protest cuts which would make it impossible for them to survive. The government has halved their monthly grant from $250, to about $120. Moreover, they will not automatically be awarded jobs once they qualify.

The protesters were joined by trade unions and other young people - youth unemployment in the country is 30%. Thousands of teachers in the country are on and therefore on low pay with no security. 

Earlier this month young teachers who protested were savagely attacked by security forces when they demonstrated over the same issues, with many receiving head injuries and having to be hospitalised according to . The police used rubber and wooden batons and in some cases threw stones at the young people who were protesting peacefully. One described her experience: 'The police had us surrounded on all sides when they started beating us indiscriminately. After that I cannot remember details of what happened to me. All I can remember is while trying to get back into the training center I lost consciousness.'

Sadly, this treatment of teachers protesting for their rights is not untypical around the world and is the sharpest expression of the courage so many of our colleagues have to find in order to defend public education.