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High school students in Haiti take to streets to protest canceled classes, clash with police

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    A student runs away from police dispersing a student protest in support of striking teachers as tires burn in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Students are protesting to demand authorities respond to their striking teachers' demands for higher pay and improved working conditions. Students are concerned they will not be able to take exams which allow them to move on to the next level. Public school teachers across Haiti have been on strike for one week. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) (The Associated Press)

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    Students protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Students are protesting to demand authorities respond to their striking teachers' demands for higher pay and improved working conditions. Students are concerned they will not be able to take exams which allow them to move on to the next level. Public school teachers across Haiti have been on strike for one week. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) (The Associated Press)

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    A student affected by tear gas is helped during clashes between students and the national police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Students are protesting to demand authorities respond to their striking teachers' demands for higher pay and improved working conditions. Students are concerned they will not be able to take exams which allow them to move on to the next level. Public school teachers across Haiti have been on strike for one week. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) (The Associated Press)

Students in Haiti are venting their frustration at the government over classes being canceled because public school teachers are on strike in a wage dispute.

Hundreds of high school students marched near the National Palace in the capital Wednesday. Many of the students were in their school uniforms as they blocked traffic and hurled rocks at police.

Teachers have refused to show up for three consecutive class days because they have not received a wage increase approved by the government.

Education Minister Nesmy Manigat said teachers' will be going up from 30 percent to 50 percent but not until after the Senate approves a new budget.

Manigat is urging teachers to return to work, noting that national exams are just weeks away.