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Chilean teachers mark nearly a month since they began strike

In this Wednesday, June 25, 2019 photo, 11-year-old primary student Esperanza Calixto, reviews her notebooks at her home in Villa Los Navios, an impov...
In this Wednesday, June 25, 2019 photo, 11-year-old Esperanza Calixto spends the day in her home in a Villa Los Navios, and impoverished neighborhood ...
In this June 4, 2019 photo, teachers dressed as widows representing the death of education march during strike in Santiago, Chile. Public school teach...
Mario Aguilar, leader of the ongoing Chilean public teachers' strike, is seen reflected on a window pane during a press conference in Santiago, Chile,...
In this June 25, 2019 photo, a window at Esperanza Calixto's home is decorated with a curtain with the image of a landscape, in Villa Los Navios, an i...
In this June, 4 2019 photo, striking public school teachers hold a balloon with the face of Chile's President Sebastian Pinera during a march in Santi...
In this June, 4 2019 photo, striking teachers stand next to a faux coffin representing the death of public education, in Santiago, Chile. The sign on ...
Leader of the public teachers' strike Mario Aguilar, arrives for a press conference to talk about the ongoing strike, in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Ju...
In this June, 6, 2019 photo, striking teachers wearing Guy Fawkes masks march in Santiago, Chile. About 80 percent of Chile's 80,000 public teachers j...

In this Wednesday, June 25, 2019 photo, 11-year-old primary student Esperanza Calixto, reviews her notebooks at her home in Villa Los Navios, an impov...

In this Wednesday, June 25, 2019 photo, 11-year-old Esperanza Calixto spends the day in her home in a Villa Los Navios, and impoverished neighborhood ...

In this June 4, 2019 photo, teachers dressed as widows representing the death of education march during strike in Santiago, Chile. Public school teach...

Mario Aguilar, leader of the ongoing Chilean public teachers' strike, is seen reflected on a window pane during a press conference in Santiago, Chile,...

In this June 25, 2019 photo, a window at Esperanza Calixto's home is decorated with a curtain with the image of a landscape, in Villa Los Navios, an i...

In this June, 4 2019 photo, striking public school teachers hold a balloon with the face of Chile's President Sebastian Pinera during a march in Santi...

In this June, 4 2019 photo, striking teachers stand next to a faux coffin representing the death of public education, in Santiago, Chile. The sign on ...

Leader of the public teachers' strike Mario Aguilar, arrives for a press conference to talk about the ongoing strike, in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Ju...

In this June, 6, 2019 photo, striking teachers wearing Guy Fawkes masks march in Santiago, Chile. About 80 percent of Chile's 80,000 public teachers j...

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Esperanza Calixto can't really grasp why her teachers have been gone for nearly a month, though the 11-year-old knows they are on strike and classes have been canceled for hundreds of thousands of Chilean students like herself at public schools nationwide.

"I just know it's bad because most teachers are skipping class," Calixto said at the Los Navíos public school on the outskirts of Chile's capital.

Teachers began the walkout June 3. Their list of demands include the payment of a bonus, a salary adjustment promised to about 60,000 teachers nearly four decades ago, and the annulment of a measure that will change history and physical education to optional subjects for the last two years of high school beginning in 2020.


Updated : 2021-01-19 09:53 GMT+08:00