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Papua New Guinea

Teachers will not go on Maserati strike

BY ISAAC NICHOLAS

TEACHERS will not take part in the two-day strike proposed by certain political leaders in protest over the Maserati luxury vehicles saga.

“We feel that national exams for our children override all other interest.

Mr Mowana said teachers have their own share of problems which they are talking with the Education Minister Nick Kuman and Department of Personnel Management.

“We are satisfied with the dialogue that is currently going on to reimburse our teachers who have has their pay deducted.”

He said the deadline for their demand for the teachers pay reimbursement is set for pay number 21, that falls next pay week.

“We do not want to jeopardise the ongoing dialogue with the relevant government agencies.”

Mr Mowana said the proposed date put forward by the Opposition is not suitable for our children.

He said the children have sat the Grade 10 exams last week, Grade 12 this week and Grade 8 next week.

“The children deserve their national examination. We will not participate in any strike action called by certain politicians,” he said.

“We are distancing ourselves, our children will sit for their axams and secondly, our dialogue with the national government is going well to fix the teacher pay problems and also seek reimbursement for our teachers who have been affected by pay-cuts.”

He said he is the general secretary of the Teachers Association of Papua New Guinea dismissing claims that he is illegally occupying office.

The two teachers who came out in the media with this outrageous claim are not financial members of the PNGTA.

“Their names are not on the PNGTA members listing.

“I am not accountable to non-financial members. I am only accountable to financial members.”

Mr Mowana said currently there is no court action challenging the status quo and there is no court order that states otherwise and he remains of general secretary.

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