Peru’s prime minister urges teachers to end strike

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Peruvian Prime Minister Juan Jimenez Mayor has said “there is no reason for a teachers strike,” given that the government has already announced reforms that would address the problem.

On Tuesday the prime minister said the country’s proposed Magisterial Reform Act would substantially improve teachers wages, RPP reported.

>Jimenez’ comments come a week after Sutep – Peru’s public teachers union – launched an >indefinite strike over wage disputes with the government.

"There is no reason for a teachers’ strike in the country, because the government has proposed a solution to the subject teacher, so we ask that striking teachers go back to school and carry out their duty, and not spoil the education in Peru any more,” Jimenez was quoted as saying by RPP.

According to local media the union is asking for a 30 percent salary payment for class preparation at the beginning of the school year, and an increase to the ministry of education’s budget to 6 percent of the country’s GDP, up from the current 3.3 percent.

Peruvian Prime Minister Juan Jimenez Mayor has said “there is no reason for a teachers strike,” given that the government has already announced reforms.

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