Teachers' strike continues unresolved
27 August 2017
For yet another week teachers from all over Peru have continued to protest in Lima. There has been much discussion over salaries and agreement that they should be raised. The main issue now in contention is the vexed one of teacher evaluations and the fact that, after three attempts, those who do not pass muster should lose their jobs. This is a hot topic as many consider such evaluations are the only way to improve educational standards; others argue this is unfair for teachers who suffer poor professional preparation and live in dire conditions on extremely low salaries.
Politics has also intervened and several groups in Congress have sought to broker a solution. A multi-party group led the discussions. The Fujimoristas in Fuerza Popular have promised to abolish evaluations, as they do not agree with the law designed to reform the teaching profession. Their stance is widely viewed as a politically-motivated attempt to undercut the Education Minister Marilú Martens and her policies which put teacher evaluation at the heart of her proposals.