Sep 24, 2011, 14:42 GMT
Cairo – Thousands of Egyptian teachers protested across the country on Saturday, as their strike to demand better wages and better working conditions entered its second week.
Hundreds marched to the headquarters of the cabinet in central Cairo, joined by activists, and called for the sacking of the minister of education, Ahmed Gamal Eddin Moussa.
The protest in Cairo blocked traffic on main streets surrounding the cabinet building.
Over 80 public schools in the southern city of Luxor were closed due to the strike, while dozens of teachers in Aswan city rallied in front of the provincial headquarters.
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf met with representatives from the teachers’ syndicate. Following the meeting, he announced an emergency meeting for the cabinet on Sunday to discuss their demands.
The teachers’ strike comes as part of a series of protests by public sector workers this month, over the government’s failure to enact a one-year-old court verdict that raised the national minimum wage to 1,200 Egyptian pounds (around 200 dollars) per month.