On Wednesday, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala called on Congress to pass a teacher reform bill, which would allow for “economic improvements” for the country’s teachers.
During his speech at this year’s Expoalimentaria fair, Humala said that teachers deserved access to a career where their accomplishments allowed them to succeed, and where there was no discrimination.
Humala’s comments come weeks after Sutep – Peru’s public teachers’ union- went on an indefinite strike over wage disputes.
The president said the proposed bill would allow teachers to have “a real career, and earn decent wages.”
“This is what today is in the hands of Congress. Hopefully Congress will resolve this as soon as possible. The ball is in their court,” Humala was quoted as saying by state news agency Andina.
Striking teachers marched to Congress on Tuesday morning, where they clashed with police officers.
Local media reports said police used high-pressure water canons, and teargas, to disperse the protestors, who had gathered in the intersection of Jiron Callao, and Jiron de la Union.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala called on Congress to pass a teacher reform bill, which would allow for “economic improvements” for the country’s teachers.