29 Jan 2007

Teachers in Solomons urged to go back to work after agreement signed

6:06 am on 29 January 2007

Teachers in Solomons who have boycotted classes since the start of the academic year have been called on to go back to work today.

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding over the weeeknd between the government and the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association, or SINTA.

SINTA's Public Relations Officer, John Lee Hatimoana says the signing of the MOU means that teachers who have boycotted classes because of a dispute over unpaid transport allowance , can now go back to work.

Mr Hatimoana says under the MOU, education authorities should now pay for the travel costs of teachers returning to their schools for the resumption of 2007 academic year.

The Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation reports that there has been a significant increase in the intake for 2007 at both primary and secondary school level.

But a number of school authorities have insisted only students who can afford to pay up- front their first term of school fees need turn up for the start of the term.