Secondary school teachers in Tunisia resumed protests on 2 January 2019 as schools reopened after the two-week winter break. Teachers’ demands focus on economic issues, including retirement, and improvement of working conditions, as well as restructuring the education sector.
These protests follow December campaigns that included boycotting exams and holding "days of wrath" demonstrations at the headquarters of the education directorate.

According to the Middle East Monitor, the Tunisian government “has hinted at cutting off parts of the strikers’ salaries” and insists that negotiations confirm with the state’s financial situation. However, Tunisia, like other countries in the global South, face intensified pressures from the International Monetary Fund to balance the country’s budget by curtailing expenditures for public services.