The salary suspension could affect about 30% of the country’s primary school teachers, and the conflict with the powerful UGTT will escalate at a time when citizens of the North African country are suffering from a severe economic crisis.
As part of their protest, teachers in the country refused to hand over school grades.
“Students’ failure to obtain school grades is a disaster and a crime against children,” Education Minister Muhammad Ali Buqadiri said.
Union official Iqbal Azazi told Reuters that Tunisia’s decision aims to “starve teachers“, And The upcoming school season will be difficult due to the expected protest movements. Hundreds of principals have already begun to tender their resignations.
The Ministry of Education confirms that the state’s public finances do not permit the approval of teachers’ requests.
Tens of thousands of families fear that the conflict between the ministry and the union will deepen the ongoing crisis in the country Tunisia And it threatens a turbulent new school season, while they are already facing high inflation, poor public services, and the loss of many food commodities.
(Reporting by Tariq Amara; Editing by Devika Siamnath)