Teachers’ Strike in Sudan Endangers Basic and Secondary School Exams

The strike of teachers in Sudan is still going on, and today it enters into the next week, as educators threaten to boycott basic and secondary certificate exams if the demands are not met. According to the new salary structure, Sudan teachers are demanding their payments and disbursements of adjustments for 2020-2021. 

The Sudanese Teachers’ Committee has confirmed that the strike will continue for the next week. 

Teachers will remain on strike until at least Thursday, according to the committee, and have threatened to boycott the work of the basic and secondary certificate tests if their demands are not granted.

The committee stated that holding early tests is intended to break the strike and terminate the school year but does not take into consideration the educational process’s objectives and lacks the fundamentals of accurate measurement, “as if the exam is an end in itself.” “The educational process now does not reach to the level of conducting the measuring and assessment process… what is going on in education right now is nothing but a sham and must be halted immediately,” the committee stated.

“We are addressing parents that we are concerned about the future of our youngsters,” the group continued. “All we’re doing today is correcting a bad practice and insisting on getting education back on track.”

The main reason for the strike: 

A teacher strike is simply when a group of teachers refuses to work as a form of protest. They want their opinion to be heard on a specific topic(s), therefore they make it public. Typically, teacher strikes occur during a critical period when their voice can have the greatest impact, such as when contracts are negotiated, state financing is voted on, and so on.

When contract issues or underfunded classrooms are a hot topic, though, you’ll see more strikes. Although my husband (a teacher who later became a principal) has never participated in a strike, he has worked in a number of severely underfunded schools that lacked essential school supplies.