Jordanian public school teachers on Thursday ignored government calls to halt their strike to press for full annual bonuses, leaving hundreds of thousands of students at home, the AFP reports. Most of the country's 1.4 million public schoolchildren stayed at home, as a majority of the nearly 100,000 teachers kept away for a fourth consecutive day from the kingdom's 3,370 public schools. Teachers in the past have received a 100-percent increase in their annual bonus, but the government decided this year to give them a 70-percent raise and pay the remainder in installments over the coming three years…

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