Today, Thursday, Iranian teachers rallied in provincial centers and a number of Iranian cities to protest the poor living conditions and the failure to implement the classification plan, as well as to demand the release of their imprisoned colleagues.
They chanted slogans denouncing the officials’ ignoring their livelihood demands, and condemned the official media’s lack of coverage of their peaceful protests, and chanted slogans such as: “Where is the TV… Our voice has no voice”… “Our voice does not reach.”
Dozens of people also gathered in Tehran in front of the Planning and Budget Organization, chanting the slogan: “The imprisoned teacher must be released.”
It is noteworthy that today’s gatherings were launched at the invitation of teachers’ unions in all Iranian provinces, according to the “Iran International” network.
deteriorating economic conditions
Over the past two months, teachers have rallied several times to protest their poor living conditions, but without any response from officials.
It is noteworthy that the education sector, like other sectors in the country, suffers from the impact of the stressful economic conditions in general in the country.
Over the past months, many teachers’ rallies have taken to demanding higher wages, confirmation, and improvement of their conditions, along with workers in various sectors.
Teachers’ protests in Tehran, October 3, 2021
Those frequent protests come even though Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hard-line president who succeeded Hassan Rouhani in August, had previously emphasized the economy as a priority. He stressed that economic stability, improving general indicators, strengthening citizens’ livelihoods and raising living problems are among the new government’s top priorities.
While a number of deputies criticized during the late August session the failure of his economic team to present clear plans to address the country’s economic problems.