21 Oct 2002

Teacherss strike in Solomons threatens more exams

5:50 pm on 21 October 2002

Teachers in Solomon Islands are threatening to boycott the third form examinations on Wednesday and Thursday in the latest development in their battle over wages with the Government.

Most teachers who are members of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association, or SINTA, have been on strike for nearly two weeks, and are demanding the Government pay them four of the six weeks wages they are owed. .

The union hopes tomorrow(tues) to reach a deal with the Ministries of Education and Finance on how it can be paid, otherwise the boycott is likely.

Meanwhile, George Saemane, of the King George the Sixth school in Honiara, says some teachers are continuing to take classes because they fear that if examinations don't go ahead they will face an increased 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"