16 Oct 2012

Solomons teachers' strike called off

1:24 pm on 16 October 2012

Solomon Islands teachers have called off a planned strike following a meeting with the prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo.

Teachers across the country threatened to close schools from this week if the government failed to pay the annual grants used to pay for stationery, student meals and other administrative needs.

The general secretary of the teachers' union says Mr Darcy Lilo was shocked to learn of the funding issue and gave an immediate instruction that the remaining annual grants be paid.

Johnley Hatimoana says he expects all the schools will have received their money within the next couple of days but rural schools especially have expressed their disappointment with the government over the funding delay.

"It must not be repeated anyway. I think they should try and look at this issue more critically and readjust some of their bottle neck there."

Johnley Hatimoana says teachers are welcoming the establishing of a committee to implement the salary restructuring cabinet authorised in February.