Peru’s Government informed the public on Tuesday that stricter measures are being implemented to withhold pay to striking teachers and hire substitutes.
Peru’s national and regional governments begin the crackdown on the teachers’ strike this week by withholding pay to teachers who have not returned to their classrooms. Substitute teachers will also be sought and hired to replace those absent.
The measures are being taken to prevent the further delay of educational services to children who have been left with empty classrooms since the strike began almost 3 months ago.
PanAm reports that “teachers are demanding an increase in salaries to a base of 4,000 Peruvian soles (about US $ 1,234), that 10% of GDP be earmarked for education and the revocation of a law that currently allows teachers to be fired if they do not meet certain educational standards.”
The Peruvian government has agreed to raise teacher’s salaries to a minimum of s/ 2,000 by December, earlier than originally promised. They have also agreed to raise education to 6% of the GDP by 2021. They have not ceded on the educational standards law.
The teachers are asking for standards closer to what existed before the economic crisis of the 1980’s in Peru, during which teachers’ salaries plummeted.
Since economic recovery, teachers’ minimum salaries have risen to barely 1/3 of what they were before this dark period of history.
The Minister of Education Marilú Martens stated that as of Tuesday, more than 50% of teachers had already returned to their classrooms, according to El Comercio.
Now that you're here:
We're asking you, our reader, to make a contribution in support of our digital guide in order to keep informing, updating and inspiring people to visit Peru. Why now? In our near 20-year journey as the leading English-language source on travel in Peru, we've had our fair share of ups and downs-but nothing quite like the challenges brought forth in the first quarter of 2020.
By adapting to the changing face of the tourism and travel industry (on both local and international levels), we have no doubt we will come out stronger-especially with the support of our community. Because you will travel again, and we will be ready to show you the best of Peru.
Your financial support means we can keep sharing the best of Peru through high-quality stories, videos and insights provided by our dedicated team of contributors and editors based in Peru. And of course, We are here to answer your questions and help whenever you need us.
As well, it makes possible our commitment to support local and small businesses that make your visit an unforgettable one. Your support will help the people working in these industries get back on their feet once the world allows us to make our dream of enjoying everything Peru has to offer a reality again-from its mouthwatering gastronomy, thriving Amazon and archaeological wonders such as Machu Picchu.
Together, we will find a way through this. As a member of our community, your contribution, however big or small, is valuable.