Education in Argentina is free and compulsory from grades 1-6. Teachers in Argentina have some of the lowest wages in the country. This has led to several strikes, vacant positions and an incredibly high illness rate among educational staff.
In recent years, there have been significant improvements in the protection for the human and trade union rights offered to teachers through legislation. Teachers' collective-bargaining rights and salaries are now protected under national laws. Unions are engaged with the Government on laws concerning public financing of education, recognition of children’s rights, and sexual education; however, teachers' unions do not have opportunities for full consultation and participation in education policy development.