if you do the math and divide pay by the hour, they are making a grand total of about $25 pesos per hour. That is for a professional who is taking care of a bunch of schoolchildren and shaping the country's future. I think it's less than adequate, however I don't think that there is any additional money in the budget to pay them more. Most public school buildings here are truly falling apart and there is no way this goverment is going to be able to fix all of them adequately.
The public school system here is absurd and sad. In many areas, the students are simply being sent to school because the State guarantees that it will feed your child 2x a day while it is in school. The children in many areas go to school hungry, get fed a crappy breakfast of sugar, then sit in the cold for hours -- and they don't have heat, and we had a lot of days last winter where it was 2 degrees / 4 degrees etc in the mornings.
How are teachers even supposed to have a fighting chance of affecting anyone. The students cannot be expected to concentrate when they are freezing and hungry.
The teachers however, are also a bunch of a$%holes now because who are they punishing with their paros? The students, and also often the parents of these students, who now have to try and figure out who will look after their children while they go to work.
The schools in the provinces are even worse than in Capital. The salaries for the teachers are low, but if the education system has a hope of improving they first need to invest money in the school lunches programmes, then in the buildings, then in the books and teachers. Education is the key to a better life, but if you're freezing and hungry you're never going to be able to learn anything anyway -- even the government knows this, they've been running all those adds talking about the importance of giving your child adequate nutrition so that they develop cognitively... without basic needs provided for, you don't have a chance of providing an education.
Anyway, I'm so sick of paros here. Taxistas, campo, docentes. In North America strikes are the last action, here they are the first. In North America they try to get the people on their side first, here they don't care if they f*&k over the people, they don't care if they have their support, it's all very bullheaded selfish action without any interest in gaining the popular support.