Teachers in Tunisia are still fighting for proper education funding and for a democratic curriculum. This week there was a large demonstration of teachers outside the Ministry of Education in the capital Tunis, demanding his resignation. All phases of education from primary to university level have taken strike action over the last few weeks.

As well as pay increases, teachers have a list of demands, including lowering the age for retirement for those with long service, and the regularisation of teachers on temporary contracts. As well as this, teachers want to engage in dialogue about improving education in the country: among the secondary teachers' demands is a complete break from the curriculum under the dictatorship and the outlawing of physical attacks on schools and teachers.

Elections in Tunisia at the end of last year, brought in an administration with many elements of the old dictatorship under the ousted Ben Ali, including the leader of the party, who was a minister under Ali. The government is committed to 'trying to curb state spending and reduce fiscal deficit as required by international lenders'. This translates into increased inflation as subsidies are reduced as well as worsening conditions in public services including schools.  Many classes in the country are over 70 and the infrastucture is crumbling.

As well as fighting consistently for improvements in public education, the teachers were in the forefront of the movement which ousted Ali at the beginning of 2012. However despite that struggle, it seems that the forces of international capital, in the shape of the International Monetary Fund, are reasserting themselves and once again it is ordinary people who are suffering.

The government is turning a deaf ear to teachers' demands and attempting to sideline their action by automatically passing students through boycotted assessments. However the teachers' struggle for education shows no sign of abating.