Teachers started a sit-in protest in several schools supervised by the Education Ministry of the “Salvation Government” in Jisr Al-Shughour countryside, calling for getting the rights of teachers who have worked voluntarily for years.
It si worth noting that education in Idlib city and countryside is deteriorating, amid indifference by organisations operating under the banner of the “Salvation Government” which dominates all affairs in that region.
The teachers also condemned and rejected the deliberate negligence of education and teachers in light of the dire living conditions. Meanwhile, a state of anger prevails among the voluntary teachers over the education directorate’s turning-a blind-eye to their demands to secure a monthly salary.
The teachers of Jisr Al-Shughour have issued a statement, of which the Syrian Observatory obtained a copy, which reads “we are the teachers of Frika, Jannat Al-Qura, Al-Janoudiyyah, Al-Jadidah schools announce the closure of these schools until reaching a workable solution for the situation of the teaching staff in light of the deteriorating situation of teachers in our liberated areas, as well as the failure to secure their basic rights. The educational institutions have to be relied on to improve the society. However, most of the teachers have been working voluntarily for years. How long will the role of teachers be marginalized?”
It is worth noting that the salaries of a few number of teachers in Idlib city and countryside have reached 70 to 150 USD, which are sometimes paid by several organisations, including Manahel organisation. According to statistics of the education directorate, the number of teachers in that region exceeds 5,000, mostly work voluntarily without having any salaries.