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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Sept. 5) - Former Education Minister and Opposition Member of Parliament for Marovo, Mr. Snyder Rini says teachers are important to Solomon Islands and should be well paid.

He said teachers are teaching future leaders of Solomon Islands while others helped the country to meet its trained manpower requirements.

Rini made this statement after the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) gave a 28-day strike notice to the Ministry of Education on August 28.

SINTA had said its members would go on strike on September 28 if the government failed to settle their demands.

"I do not understand why the Grand Coalition for Change Government cannot meet the demands because the previous administration had allocated money to meet them under the 2006 National Budget," Rini said in a statement yesterday.

He said the National Coalition Opposition for Nation Building and Peace maintains its recognition of contributions by teachers towards educating Solomon Islands children.

September 6, 2006

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