15 Apr 2013

Solomon Islands teachers back on the job

5:22 am on 15 April 2013

Teachers in Solomon Islands are due to return to school today after an agreement was signed between the National Teachers Association, SINTA, and the government to end a three week long strike.

This was the second strike this year.

Jamie Tahana reports.

"Teachers walked off the job in March after the government failed to pay what teachers were underpaid last year. SINTA said at the time that teachers would not be returning to work until they were paid in full. But its general secretary, Walter Tesuatai, says this is unworkable and the two parties will endeavour to have all the money paid by June. He says the government will also work with SINTA to create a taskforce to address pay and other issues facing teachers. Mr Tesuatai says the focus for teachers now is on making up on the time lost in class so students won't be affected by the industrial dispute."