Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, September 19, 2021—On Sunday, “green report card teachers,” Iranian teachers who have passed the education ministry’s employment test, held the sixteenth consecutive day of their rally in front of the education ministry in Tehran, protesting the regime’s refusal to employ them. Some of the teachers had traveled to the capital from other cities to make their voices heard.
The teachers have been protesting since last year, but the regime has refrained from addressing their demands. As the start of the academic year nears, the teachers are back to the street to resume their protests and remind the government of its duties.
This latest round of protests began on September 3 and has been ongoing every day. Some of the teachers spend the night in front of the education ministry and resume their demonstrations during the day.
On Saturday, teachers held simultaneous protests in several cities, including Ilam, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Dehdasht. Saturday’s protest rallies also included retired teachers, who are facing severe economic problems as the regime refuses to adjust pensions with the growing inflation rate and the depreciating national currency.
The protesters also called for the release of teachers who have been arrested by the regime for taking part in demonstrations.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), voiced her support for the protesting teachers and called on Iranians to support the teachers and other communities who are protesting for their rights.
The continued protests by the teachers has become a cause of concern for the regime. On September 12, security forces attacked the protesters and targeted them with teargas.
The teachers held another round of protests in June, demanding the education ministry to provide them with employment opportunities.
Regime authorities have tried to downplay the protests and the demands of the teachers, claiming that some of the protesters have “failed their exams.”
Despite the shortage of teachers across Iran, the education ministry refrains from employing the teachers.