SOLOMONS TEACHERS THREATEN TO BOYCOTT EXAMS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 6, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---The Solomon Islands Teachers Association, SINTA, has given the government a 28-day notice that it will boycott secondary schools entrance examinations.

SINTA General Secretary Moffat Ramoni says the notice was served because of the government's failure to pay teachers' salaries on time, as well as the non-payment of housing allowances and ex-gratia payments.

The notice lapses on August 28, a day before the entrance examinations are scheduled to take place.

Mr Ramoni says if the government responds positively to the demands, SINTA may withdraw the boycott notice.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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