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Côte d’Ivoire: Student protests amid ongoing teacher strike Feb. 5

Student protests in Bouaké and other urban centers denouncing nationwide teacher strike February 5; further protests likely

05 Feb 11:39 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/10/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Bouaké, Boundiali,, Ferkessédougou
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Event

Student protests erupted in Bouaké, Boundiali, Ferkessédougou, on Monday, February 4, to denounce a nationwide teacher strike ongoing since January 22. Further such protests are likely in the coming days in cities throughout the country.

Furthermore, some university teachers have called for a one-year nationwide strike to affect all universities across the country, starting from Monday, February 4. Should the strike proceed, related student protests are to be anticipated

Context

Secondary teachers are demanding better salaries, the payment of bonuses and housing fees, and class-free days on Wednesdays. University teachers are demanding the departure of the President of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny university of Abidjan.

Social unrest is common in Côte d'Ivoire, especially on university campuses where students and lecturers regularly protest a lack of resources, delayed scholarship payments and research funding, and accommodation issues.

Advice

Individuals across Côte d'Ivoire are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to avoid any protests, rallies, or political events.

 

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