Teachers demonstrating in Peru Teachers in Peru are on strike today in pursuit of  free, quality, public education and basic rights The teachers' union SUTEP has eleven demands, which also include paid time for preparation and that 6% of GDP be spent on education. The previous government did not  give the teachers a pay rise in five years. A SUTEP spokesperson said that the new government was continuing with the neo-liberal policies of the previous one, which were aimed amongst other things at 'dividing, humiliating and discriminating' against teachers. The union says that the government's education policies are entirely determined by the dictates of the International Monetary Fund. SUTEP is committed to developing education in Peru which will enable children to understand their world and think critically. Susan Hopgood, President of Education International (EI) has sent her solidarity to SUTEP in their struggle for free, universal, public education. To read a fuller report of this dispute in Spanish go to the EI website.