3 Oct 2002

Solomon Islands Education Minister confident of averting another strike threat

6:28 pm on 3 October 2002

The Solomon Islands Minister of Education says he is confident teachers will be paid outstanding wages in time to avert a threatened boycott of key fifth form examinations on Monday next week.

The Solomon Islands National Teachers Association, or SINTA, have asked their members to boycott the examinations on October 7th unless at least four of the six weeks of wages they are owed are paid by tomorrow(fri).

The Minister, Mathias Taro, says the government has made the payments a top priority, and is now waiting on Treasury to approve the money in time.

"Yeah , the government has been prioritizing salary payments for teachers but it's hard to confirm at the moment because really it depends on the cash flow. It depends on how much money we collect within our treasury if we have enough then certainly we would pay teachers tomorrow"

The Minister of Education, Mathias Taro,