Informed educational sources reported today, Monday, that thousands of educators in the capital, Sanaa, and several governorates under the control of the Houthi rebels intend to start their escalatory measures after receiving an incentive last September in the amount of 30,000 riyals, for one time, during the academic semester that is nearing completion.
The sources told Al-Mashhad Al-Yemeni that the educators announced their refusal to direct the Ministry of Education in Sana’a regarding the progress in completing the exams for the first semester, until the monthly incentive was paid for the past months.
The sources indicated that the educators and their families are suffering from difficult humanitarian conditions, and their suspension will be forced until the salaries that have been cut off since 2016, as well as the announced incentive that was not paid.
Thousands of male and female teachers are preparing to start a comprehensive strike in all schools, in order to pay their salaries, which have been cut off for five years.
Informed sources had reported that disagreements between Yahya al-Houthi, appointed as Minister of Education in the unrecognized militia government, and Rashid Abu Lahoum, appointed as Minister of Finance in the same government, caused the suspension of the monthly incentive payment, which was announced regularity in its disbursement, starting last September.
The sources pointed out that stopping the payment of the incentive for educators whose salaries have been cut off since September 2016 threatens to deprive more than five million students in Sana’a and the governorates under the control of the militia from continuing the fragile educational process.
This comes amid repeated calls and anticipation by teachers to disburse their incentives, which they received regular promises of disbursement years after the establishment of the Education Support Fund.
Earlier, the brother of the Houthi rebel leader, who was appointed as Minister of Education in their unrecognized government, Yahya al-Houthi, directed the disbursement of 30,000 riyals per month to male and female teachers, according to what is possible and available.
The militia continues to procrastinate and evade handing over the salaries of educators and public servants in the capital, Sana’a, and the governorates under its control, on the pretext that there are insufficient financial revenues for this.
The Houthi militia pushed 190,000 teachers in their areas of control to search for another source of income to feed their families, including working on the streets, as a result of cutting their salaries about five years ago.
According to a report issued by the international organization Save the Children, eight million children in Yemen need support to continue basic education, while basic services were cut off for 1.7 million children who were displaced as a result of the escalating fighting due to the war ignited by the Houthi militia after its coup against the legitimate government in the second half. from the year 2014.