Teaching profession "under siege" warns ILO chief

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Temporary elementary school in Haiti

The teaching profession, which provides education — one of the pillars of sustainable development– is under siege.

That warning has come from the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder.

In a statement issued ahead of World Teachers Day, Mr. Ryder says teachers are facing a number of difficulties, including low salaries, long hours and the limited right to collective bargaining in many countries. 

"Teaching is truly a noble and a vital profession. Yet, sadly, it is also a profession under siege. In many countries there are simply not enough teachers. In the wake of the economic crisis, the number of students in each classroom has gone up, but funding for support services and materials for schools has often dropped, and some countries have had to resort to hiring uncertified or poorly qualified teachers to fill the gap."

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World Teachers Day is observed 5 October each year to honour men and women who deliver education to learners around the world.

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