Approximately 300 teachers affiliated to the Federation of Free Unions from the Education System (FSLI) staked-out yesterday the headquarters of the government and of USL, asking for the earmarking of a minimum of 6 per cent of GDP for education in 2014 and for the hiking of the share of expenditures on education system employees within the overall expenditures on public sector employees, Mediafax informs. The protesters carried banners reading: “Romanian education system: bureaucracy kills education,” “it’s one thing to be an employee, another to be a slave; we are only defending our dignity.” Several children took part in the protest too, carrying their own messages: “governing officials, do not humiliate those teaching us!” and “governing officials, if you are interested in my future invest in education, earmark 6 pc of GDP.”
A FSLI delegation has filed a memo with all of its demands and has talked with the Social Dialogue Minister Doina Pana, with National Education Ministry secretary of state Stefania Duminica and with one of Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s aides. Prior to that statement, the FSLI representatives announced that starting yesterday until tomorrow teachers will wear a white armband in all schools. The protests will continue on November 6 with a large protest meeting in Victoriei Square, followed by a march from Victoriei Boulevard to Constitutiei Square.