21 Oct 2002

Teachers in Solomons assist with exams to ensure they do not double their workload in 2003

5:10 pm on 21 October 2002

Some teachers in Solomon Islands, particularly in the capital, Honiara, are continuing to attend classes despite a call by their union, SINTA, for a strike.

SINTA called for strike action nearly two weeks ago over the government's failure to pay the teachers wages on time.

They are currently owed six weeks of wages.

The union is trying to reach an agreement with the Ministry of Education, and it says failure to do so will threaten the third form examinations on Wednesday and Thursday.

However one principal, George Saemane, of the King George the Sixth school in Honiara, says he believes teachers are continuing to teach because if the examinations don't go ahead it will increase their workload next year.

"SINTA definitely is calling for strike action and that will benefit the teachers, but they are seeing the workload that they have to cover next year if they had to repeat maybe two streams of form three and another two streams of form five"