Proposed Solomon Islands Teachers’ Protest Cancelled

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Government, PSTA conclude ‘satisfactory’ discussion

By Denver Newter

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Oct. 31, 2013) – The proposed sit-in protest by members of the Public Servant Teachers Association (PSTA) in the Solomon Islands has been lifted early this week.

This follows assurance by the government to address their demands.

And this is a relief for students attending two of the state-owned national secondary school namely; King George Sixth and Waimapuru in Makira.

The association’s secretary Saul Saefafia while confirming this to the Solomon Star yesterday said association executive had met with the ministry of public service and education ministry officials last week.

And they have agreed to respond positively to the long outstanding issues, he said.

"Both ministries gave assurance to address the PSTA issues as a priority. The assurance was given in a form of an approved report.

"PSTA executive again called a meeting early this week to report back to its members on the response from the two ministries," he said.

The members, fortnight ago issued a 21-days notice to the government to settle their outstanding re-levelling package and teachers welfare allowances.

Failure will see these teachers not supervising the schools’ final year exams for form 3, 5, 6 and 7.

Mr. Saefafia said upon a satisfactory discussion with all the PSTA members, a consensus resolution was made to lift the sit in protest as of Monday 28th October.

"The PSTA is looking forward for further dialogue as well as, working together with both ministries and the schools’ administrations to settle the outstanding issues this year."

Mr. Saefafia said PSTA has acknowledged and appreciated the fact that the issues were seen as an administrative oversight and they need to be settled.

"We also acknowledge Cabinet and the ministers for both ministries who have great concern to settle our outstanding issues," the secretary said yesterday.

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