After months of conflict, strikes and demonstrations, schools are open once more in Egypt. All of the nation’s 45,773 schools were theoretically supposed to receive students and teachers in order to begin a new academic year. However, in many schools the kids were in classrooms, but there were no teachers since many remained outside on strikes. Teachers seek higher pay and they want protection against religious zealots who seek to impose strict Muslim law upon schools.
The success of the Muslim Brotherhood in recent teacher elections has sent fear through the hearts of those who seek academic freedom and not be compelled to toe the Islamic line in their classrooms. It increasingly appears that Egypt may be substituting one dictator for another tyrant.