Ongoing protests | Teachers protest new curriculum and call for pay increase at Euphrates educational complex east of Deir Ezzor • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ongoing protests | Teachers protest new curriculum and call for pay increase at Euphrates educational complex east of Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor province: Several male and female teachers have participated in protest staged at Euphrates educational complex in Abu Hammam and Al-Kashkiyah towns in eastern Deir Ezzor countryside to express their rejection over the new educational curriculum developed by the “Autonomous Administration” in north-eastern Syria.

The protestors also demanded a monthly salary increase that is nearly 260,000 SYP, equivalent to only 57 USD.

According to Syrian Observatory activists, the teachers also demanded that school guards be appointed, and maternity entitlement salaries paid.

The protestors also called on the “teaching staff” of the “Autonomous Administration” to stop distributing the new curriculum in Deir Ezzor to make the students back to schools, as the students’ parents refuse to send their children to schools due to their rejection of the new curriculum. Teachers threatened to escalate protests if their demands ignored.

The teachers also called upon UNICEF to intervene to prevent the change of curriculum, as all schools have been adopting UNICEF’s curricula for several years.

On September 20, Many teachers staged protests in Ghranij educational complex in Al-Shuaitat area, in SDF-held areas in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, in rejection of the new curriculum developed by the “Autonomous Administration,” which the teachers consider unacceptable because of the various violations of religion and customs of society.

According to SOHR activists, the teachers demanded the abolition of the new curriculum, salary increase, receiving salaries by USD as the Syrian pound plummets, improving their living conditions, and also demanded that guards be assigned to schools to protect them from repeated looting and vandalism.