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Teacher Strike Leads to Student Protests

Haitian students took to the streets May 7, protesting their cancelled classes. While teachers strike over low wages, students worry that they will miss their upcoming national exams.

Haitian students protest over canceled classes

Westport News
May 7, 2014

A student runs away from police dispersing a student protest in support of striking teachers as tires burn in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Students are protesting to demand authorities respond to their striking teachers' demands for higher pay and improved working conditions. Students are concerned they will not be able to take exams which allow them to move on to the next level. Public school teachers across Haiti have been on strike for one week. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery, AP / AP

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of high school students protested Wednesday in the Haitian capital, angry that a strike by teachers over wages forced the cancellation of classes for a third straight day.

Boys and girls, many of them in their school uniforms, marched near the National Palace and blocked traffic while some hurled rocks at police. Officers eventually dispersed demonstrators with volleys of tear gas.

There were no reports of injuries or arrests.

Many public schools throughout Haiti have been closed because teachers are refusing to work until they receive wages promised by the government but delayed because the Senate has yet to approve a new budget.

Education Minister Nesmy Manigat issued a statement assuring teachers they will receive raises ranging from 30 percent to 50 percent. He urged them to return to work, noting that national exams are just weeks away for many students.

 

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